Peru to Intensify Protests against FTA
15 July 2005
Lima, Jul 15 (Prensa Latina) The leader of Peru’s Workers Confederation, Mario Huamán, Friday said that protests against the Free Trade Agreement with the US will increase throughout the Latin American country.
Huamán described as ’a challenge’ the careless statement of President Alejandro Toledo saying that the FTA will be signed before his mandate is over, on July 28, 2006.
The Workers Confederation leader made his statement when addressing the press Thursday evening after a mass march in Lima, which was part of a day of national protests, that he called a resounding success.
The traditional agriculture and agrochemical and pharmaceutical industry unions also carried out mass protests on Wednesday in rejection of the US FTA.
Huamán predicted that if the Peruvian administration persists in signing the agreement with the US, the unions and other popular sectors will intensify their protests with strikes and new marches.