Follow Up on Cusco's Strike Situation
An update from Andrea Tello, our editor in Cusco:
It's so difficult to follow up on this strike! They change their mind every 5 minutes! Not much happened on Friday, though the airport is being secured by 300 policemen since that day. Saturday and Sunday everything was OK (strikers don't work weekends) and we were all expecting chaos for today and the rest of the week.
Only last night at 10pm there was an announcement...apparently, a big sector of the unions finally understood (finally read the law, I guess) that it is up to them if/where private investors can build close to archaeological patrimony. If the regional government decides they don't want private investment there or anywhere, then that's final! So only at 10pm they decided that airlines could fly in, trains could run, etc.
Less than 200 people were marching around Cusco today, followed by 10 policemen and everything seemed just fine...airport was operating normally and so was ground transportation...until 10am when the railroad was blocked from Poroy until a bit after Chinchero, so trains couldn't run from that hour, though some trains were able to run from Ollantaytambo with police security...I talked to my contacts in Perurail and apparently no trains are running tomorrow (again, it's not definite)...
This strike started today with the Agriculture Union and the Union of workers in Cusco, tomorrow the Transportation Union and the teachers are expected to march on Wednesday...
More to come... or maybe not.