Unionized truck drivers in three regions of southern Peru launched an indefinite strike on Wednesday, September 16. Drivers in Arequipa, Moquegua, and Tacna regions have taken industrial action to denounce increases in toll fees at four tolls on the Pan-American South Highway, which could affect as many as 2000 truck drivers.
The drivers are likely to hold protests associated with the strike, and these could involve roadblocks along the Pan-American Highway and on other major routes. Gatherings in urban centers are also possible. A reduced supply of goods is also likely during the strike due to supply chain disruptions.
A heightened security presence and disruptions to transport are expected in the vicinity of any protests. Clashes between demonstrators and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Those in Arequipa, Moquegua, and Tacna regions are advised to monitor the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate disruptions to transport, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities.
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