Members of Peru's fisherman's union led a mass rally in Lima on Monday (20 November) in support of the country's controversial 200-mile (320 kms) fishing rights policy.
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Background: Members of Peru's fisherman's union led a mass rally in Lima on Monday (20 November) in support of the country's controversial 200-mile (320 kms) fishing rights policy.
Thousands of people joined the rally to back the Peruvian Government's stand on maintaining national sovereignty over all fishing within 200 miles of the coastline.
The demonstrators, carrying placards and displaying posters attacking United States policy on fishing off the South American coast, gathered in Lima's Plaza de San Martin, in the city centre.
President Nixon late last month announced a Congressional Bill had been approved establishing a GBP1.2 million ($3 million) fishermen's protective fund to reimburse owners whose vessels are seized on the high seas.
Under the bill, if the country which seized the vessel does not reimburse the money within four months, the amount can be deducted from any foreign aid funds set aside for that country.
This week's rally comes only a few days after neighbouring Ecuador seized North American and Canadian vessels fishing within the limit.