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© Reuters. Drivers throw stones towards agricultural staff blocking the freeway, in Villacuri

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By Maria Cervantes

LIMA (Reuters) – Protests by farm staff demanding higher wages in Peru raged on for a fourth day Thursday, spreading north into key agricultural areas of the Andean nation, derailing harvests of some crops, snarling transport of produce and leaving no less than one useless.

Peruvian interim President Francisco Sagasti referred to as the loss of life of a protester a “tragedy” and advised reporters the federal government would instantly examine the primary casualty in demonstrations over farm employee rights and wages that started on Monday.

“We don’t want anybody to die in protests to defend their labor rights,” Sagasti stated.

The loss of life of two younger folks in Lima final month led to the resignation of Sagasti’s predecessor, Manuel Merino, prompting renewed scrutiny of the actions of safety forces within the Andean nation.

Farm staff alleged police had attacked protesters to clear roadways and tame the demonstrations, which unfold northwards from the nation’s south into areas identified for huge fields of desk grapes, tangerines and blueberries.

“The employees … have been attacked by the police who’ve arrived in nice numbers to stop them from persevering with to dam the street,” stated Juan Herrera, a nationwide chief of agrarian staff.

Staff from Camposol, a serious fruit exporter, joined the fray on Thursday. Farm laborers from agro-exporter Talsa introduced they too would be a part of the rallies on Friday.

“All actions have been paralyzed, there are not any harvests, there’s nothing. Grapes and asparagus are going unhealthy, we’re in the midst of the season for these two crops,” Fernando Cilloniz, a grape exporter, advised Reuters.

Peru is a serious world exporter of blueberries in addition to producing grapes, avocados and asparagus.

Lots of of buses and tractor trailer vans carrying recent fruit have been stranded for the fourth day alongside the Panamericana Sur freeway 300 km (190 miles) south of Lima, prompting clashes with protesters blocking the roadways.

Negotiations between the federal government and protest leaders have failed to succeed in settlement, although lawmakers have dedicated to reviewing a decades-old agriculture promotion regulation that farm staff view as unjust.

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