Protesting agricultural workers have set up roadblocks at several locations along the Pan-American Highway in Peru bringing traffic in both directions to a halt. In northern Peru, the largest demonstrations blocking the thoroughfare are in the Viru and Chao districts of La Libertad Region. In southern Peru, roadblocks have been set up throughout much of Ica Region, especially to the immediate north of the city of Ica. Additional protests are possible along other sections of the highway, especially in agricultural zones.
The demonstrations are likely to significantly disrupt transport along the highway. Large numbers of police have deployed to areas where protests are taking place. Clashes between demonstrators and security personnel are possible, especially if authorities attempt to forcibly disperse the gatherings and reopen the highway.
The protesters are demanding the immediate repeal of a law regulating the agricultural sector that they say will adversely impact their salaries and benefits. Blocking the Pan-American Highway is a particularly disruptive tactic, as the thoroughfare is the main route used for north-south transport in Peru as well as international trade between Peru, Ecuador, and Chile.
Avoid the protests as a precaution. Do not attempt to drive through roadblocks; wait for police to dismantle them instead. If violence breaks out, immediately leave the area and seek shelter in a non-governmental building. Allow additional travel time to reach destinations along the Pan-American Highway and in the immediate vicinity. Confirm all business appointments in Ica and La Libertad.
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