Friday, July 02, 2004

Anarchy in Ayacucho: The Associated Press, Reuters and Xinhua Net all report on the violence in Ayacucho. Reuters has the most extensive reporting: "thousands of protesters overran Ayacucho, setting fire to government buildings and hotels after police used tear gas to break up a protest by teachers. At least 39 people were hurt." NOTE: "The government blamed followers of the Shining Path." Omar Quezada (President of the Ayacucho region) declared that "anarchy is reigning at the moment in Ayacucho." Xinhua also says that Mayor Ludela declared, "I denounce all these acts of violence in Ayacucho and blame the president and the interior minister for this chaos." The New York Times (second to last item) uses a brief summary of Reuters in their World Briefings column. The Miami Herald (second to last item) uses the Associated Press and says it was 'hundreds' not 'thousands' of protestors and notes that "members of a communist-led teachers union have been on strike in this Andean city since June 21." The Associated Press offers several photographs of the violence. The captions all report that the violence "grew after police used force to remove teachers from city offices they had occupied earlier in the week." CITED by Reuters: Prime Minister Carlos Ferrero; Interior Minister Javier Reategui; Tulio Nicolini Ayarza (chief of Peru's fire service); Yuri Revollar Huaman (Ayacucho SUTEP leader); and Robert Huaynalaya Camposano (a factional SUTEP leader, sometimes identified as President of SUTEP's Comité Nacional de Lucha) who claimed two teachers had been killed. IN SPANISH: The Ministry of Interior will be taking legal action against these two SUTEP leaders, among others, as this document details with their photographs. See also the official communique from the Ministry.

LAN Peru Grounded? cont.: The Associated Press follows up on yesterday's Reuters story on Arequipa Judge Eloy Zamalloa's ordering LAN Peru "to stop flying because of [Aviandina's] complaint about ownership rules." However, this reporting clearly states that Aviandina's parent company is Aero Continente. NOTE: Lan Peru flights were taking off normally Thursday. SEPARATELY: An opinion column in the Scotsman writes (second to last item): "We bear a cautionary tale of two intrepid Edinburgh lady adventurers just back from Peru. When they checked in at Juliaca Airport for their LanPeru flight from Puno to Lima, they were somewhat taken aback to be asked for the telephone numbers of their next of kin. 'Needless to say, we were relieved to reach Lima in one piece, and gladly gave ourselves over to the efficient custody of KLM staff to transport us safely back across the Atlantic'." SEE ALSO: 'LAN Peru Grounded?' in yesterday's Peruvia for the confusion on the relationship between Aviandina and Aerocontinente.

Airport Strike, cont.: Reuters reports that "a strike by hundreds of Peruvian airport workers on Thursday to protest government plans to bring in private operators delayed flights and hit a number of tourists just days before a major international soccer tournament. Striking workers at the country's 16 airports said the partial walkout would continue on Friday and included Lima's international airport. But no flights had been canceled so far," according to the Ministry of Transportation. CITED: Sergio Salazar (CORPAC union leader) who declared “they may join a general strike on July 14 if the government does not agree to new talks.”

June Econ. Numbers: Bloomberg reports that the Central Bank "held its benchmark interest rate at a record low [3.25%] for an eighth month even as the country's inflation rate jumped in June as a drought in the Andes crimped the harvest of vegetables such as potatoes." Bloomberg also reported that "four of six economists surveyed by Bloomberg News expected no change," including Vikash Panda (4Cast Inc). Henry Alvarez (Maximixe Consult) was a dissenter. ALSO CITED: Rebeca Vargas, a vegetable wholesaler in the La Parada market in Lima. Vargas also owns some fields outside Lima where she plants coriander and beets." Reuters explores yesterday's INEI numbers and reports that Peru's mining output "grew less than 1% in May and agriculture continued its slump, but fishing production rocketed." NOTE: "The economy is expected to grow more quickly in the second half of the year as it pulls out of a 12-month slowdown," according to INEI. SEE ALSO: 'June Econ. Numbers' in yesterday's Peruvia.

Asparagus Wars, cont.: The Associated Press (last item; registration: peruvia@peruvia.com/peruvia) reports that USA Congressman George Nethercutt "urged President Bush to accept any recommendations that might aid Washington's ailing asparagus industry. Last month, the Washington Republican asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate asparagus imports from Peru, the leading competitor to the United States." The Seattle Times runs several letters on their series on globalization and how Peru's asparagus industry is impacting the Washington State economy. Among the comments: “Peruvian export asparagus industry is … the epitome of an inefficient, wasteful system, designed to enrich investors and agrimoguls at a great cost to society.” ALSO: Marilyn Watkins from the Economic Opportunity Institute writes, "Your article reports that workers in Peru's asparagus plant make $7 per day for a 10-hour day. We should be proud that no one in our state has to work in such near-slavery conditions." Ms. Watkins is an historian and not an economist.

Shell To Sell Some Peruvian Assets, cont.: The Guardian follows up on the Shell divestiture story and reports that "it would sell large parts of its Peruvian operations, including its service station network."

Betting On Copa America: Read-A-Bet offers advice on wins and losses at Copa America and declares that "home advantage and a settled team make Peru a decent bet at 11/8 to finish top" of Group A. Title of Story: 'No Need To Peru-ve Bookies Wrong.' However, in a separate article, Read-A-Bet predictably suggests that "the bookies have installed the big guns of Brazil and Argentina as favourites to prevail in the land of the Incas." Separately, Reuters has a photograph of a banner with El Chasqui displayed on the National Stadium and a photograph of Argentine soccer player Luis Gonzalez arriving in Lima on his way to Chiclayo.

Peruvians Abusing Peruvians, cont.: Newsday reports that the 69 Peruvians caught up in the smugglers ring in Long Island "weren't allowed religion [and] were overcome with emotion at their first Mass in four years." As a result, "Msgr. Thomas Molloy of St. Luke's parish in Brentwood presided over a religious service in Spanish for them in the hallway of a hotel in Suffolk County." The immigrants are now "officially being represented by Catholic Charities." NOTE: "Carmen Maquilon, director of immigrant services at Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, said she believes it is the largest human trafficking case uncovered in the United States to date." SEE ALSO: 'Peruvians Abusing Peruvians' in June 23's Peruvia.

Cuzco in Korea: The Korea Times reviews 'Cusco', "the first Peruvian restaurant that opened near Hapjong Subway Station." NOTE: Owner Lee Won-jong traveled to Peru in 1997 and found Peruvians "not very capitalistic, it is even different from other Latin American countries. And Cuzco is even so, with a big Indian population who don't even understand Spanish." ALSO: "You may not like the unique taste at first, but you will get addicted to it like kimchi." INCLUDED: Papa rellena, chicarron de marisos, and fried seafood matured in lemon juice. "There's a buffet course on the weekend priced at 20,000 won with beer included, which is greatly acclaimed by Peruvians in Seoul." CITED: Jaime Campana Leon, "a native of Cuzco who's now cooking at Cusco."

Peruvian At USA Air Force Academy: The USA Air Force Link reports that at least one Peruvian is among the students from 14 countries admitted into this years class at the USA Air Force Academy. SEE ALSO: 'Peruvian At USA Naval Academy' in Wednesday's Peruvia below.

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