Peru/Civil Unrest: Government freezes Cusco for 60 days

Media reported that the Peruvian Government has declared a state of emergency for 60 days in the Echarate District ofCusco region on Sunday. The step was taken following the wave of violence reported there in recent days.

Demonstrators from the regions of CuscoApurimacArequipa and Tacna have been protesting since last week against the government’s decision to export gas to Mexico. They have been blocking highways, claiming that the internal market requirement for gas should be met first.

In an incident on Friday, some protesters in Echarate reportedly attempted to seize a pumping plant of the companyTransportadora de Gas del Peru S.A.. However, police managed to thwart the attempt and detained 17 protesters.

In a separate incident, a group of protestors had also seized Echarate’s Governor on Sunday, asking him to support their cause, but later on, he was rescued by police forces.