The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, has introduced a curfew in Lima. He hopes to contain the increasing unrest in more rural areas that have been caused by the sudden rise in prices for gasoline and fertilizer.
Popular unrest continues in South America, now it has been two weeks. The government was unable to maintain fuel, food, and fertilizer prices after Western countries imposed economic sanctions against Russia. This country is the leading exporter of potash and ammonia fertilizers and urea, which can be found in Peru.
Police have used force against the protesters again and again. There were four riots, and there were four people killed.
Trying to alleviate the wave of popular discontent, Peru’s Cabinet of Ministers agreed to minimize existing and excise taxes on gasoline as well as increase the minimum wage by 10%. However, the General Confederation of Workers, Peru’s main union, rejected this proposal and urged protesters to continue with their defiance.
There are more than 21 million people in Peru. Agriculture is one of the top industries in this country, which is located in South America.