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Peru Deploys Army to Control Violent Protests Disrupting Exports

  • Bus drivers follow truckers, farmers in strike, fueling chaos
  • Castillo raised minimum wage, cut taxes to appease protesters
Police remove burning tires from the Central Highway where trucks and buses are parked to block the road in Huaycan, on the outskirts of Lima, on April 4. 
Police remove burning tires from the Central Highway where trucks and buses are parked to block the road in Huaycan, on the outskirts of Lima, on April 4. Photographer: Martin Mejia/AP Photo

Peru deployed the armed forces to control violent protests against inflation that have intensified since last week, causing clashes with police, temporary food shortages in Lima, and disrupting agricultural exports.

The government has dispatched 95 army patrols to different locations in the country, “especially the critical ones,” Defense Minister Jose Gavidia told reporters on Monday outside the presidential palace.