Cusco Loses APEC
Yesterday, Peru’s Minister of Defense announced that Cusco will no longer host any of the APEC meetings scheduled for this year. He stated that this decision was not made by the Government but by the ‘cusqueño people’ whom, with their violent actions and protests, made it clear they were not willing nor ready to receive visitors anytime soon.
‘These violent acts are a clear sign that Cusco doesn’t want members of the APEC to hold their meetings in this city. Some with their violence and others with their accomplice silence have decided on this.’
‘They ask the whole country
to vote for Machu Picchu
As soon as this statement was given, the President of the Cusco Region, declared there was no reason for this decision and considered it an insult to Cusqueños and their ‘hospitality’. At the same time, he announced protests will continue throughout March and issued a strike call for Holy Week (March 17-23). It is also expected that radical groups protest today and the following days against this decision.
It is yet
not known where these meetings will take place, though Lima
This article was posted by Andrea Tello, our editor in Peru.