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News ID: 12588
Publish Date: 9:33 - 01 September 2017
TEHRAN, September 1 - Clashes have broken out between Peruvian police and striking teachers rallying to protest their working conditions.

Teachers rally in Peru, clash with policeTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters, who were marching on the streets of the capital, Lima, on Friday.

The angry demonstrators, who have been on strike for the past 80 days, demanded higher wages and requested the government of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to dedicate more funds to the education sector.

Some 70 percent of teachers in nine regions of the country have skipped classes to press their demands, according to local media.

The striking teachers are also opposed to government-proposed education reforms, which they say will limit workers’ rights.

The education system is largely crippled as a result of the strike by the teachers in Peru, Presstv reported.

Last month, Kuczynski urged teachers to return to the classrooms even as he admitted that they had not had a significant salary increase in more than a decade. He, however, said that his government had given them a raise and there would be another one due to be received by teachers at the end of the year.

He said the minimum payment would increase by 30 percent to 2,000 Peruvian sols (617 dollars) per month.

But teachers say they won’t stop protesting until their demands are met.

 

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