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Peru Imposes State of Emergency to Squash Privatization Protests

HeadlineJun 18, 2002

Hundreds of troops took control of Peru’s second-largest city Monday after the government imposed a state of emergency to squash protests against the privatization of two electric companies. The government banned public protests and suspended constitutional guarantees for 30 days. They’re concerned about layoffs, the protesters are, and increased electricity bills. Police violently dispersed crowds in the city of Arequipa over the weekend, killing a university student.

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