A massive military parade through Lima watched by several thousand people highlight Peru's 150th Independence celebrations on July 29.
A massive military parade through Lima watched by several thousand people highlight Peru's 150th Independence celebrations on July 29. President Juan Velasco Alvado and members of the Government took the salute as members of the country's armed forces marched past. An unusual side light to the anniversary celebrations was provided by two youths who didn't stand up when the national anthem was played at a cinema. They were arrested and spent a day in jail for "failure to respect patriotic symbols."
SYNOPSIS: Thousands of people lined the streets of Lima on Thursday to witness a massive parade to celebrate Peru's 150th anniversary. President Juan Velasco Alvado and members of the Government attended the celebrations.
Peru celebrates its Independence Day on July 29, the date when in 1821, San Martin and his fore marched into Lima on the heels ??? the retreating Spanish. But it wasn't until 1824 that Spanish power was finally broken in Peru and full independence became a reality. But it's only since the coup of 1968 which brought President Velasco to power, that Peru has shown signs of totally throwing off foreign influence. The armed forces still have American arms, like these Sherma tanks, but in other fields, such as oil, Peru has shown that the building of a national spirit and economy free from foreign influence is a major aim of the Government To the south lies Chile, governed by the world's first freely elected Marxist regime. To the est lies Bolivia with a Government showing tendencies t??? the left. And so Peru is in the middle. The Government's major is to build nationalism. After sluggish start following the co??? the economy grew by 7.3 per cent last year. Fishing boundaries been expanded and pressure has put on foreign businesses to either develop their assets, or get out.