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Peru: Machu Picchu residents to strike in protest for 48 hours

The residents in the district of Machu Picchu, Cusco, announced a 48-hour strike that will begin today. As a show of force, protesters will prevent the passage of trains linking Machu Picchu and Ollantaytambo in both directions.


Monday morning, representatives of the railway company Peru Rail and the mayor of the district, David Gayoso, met with members of the Unique Front to Defend the Interests of Machu Picchu.


The main demands from the residents are directed to the company Peru Rail and to the Ministry of Culture. The first is to request a train service exclusively for the local population, because according to the claim, the transport service is not in suitable conditions for the people of Cusco.


Meanwhile, they ask the Ministry of Culture not to build the Interpretation Center of Machu Picchu, which would be located in the lower area of the district. According to participants, this center would affect the economic activities of the population.