LatinNews Daily - 19 July 2022

In brief: Protests in Peru over high fuel and fertiliser costs

* Lorry drivers and farmers in Peru have blocked roads in the southern region of Ayacucho in protest at the high price of fuel and fertilisers. The protests, led by the transport union Asociación de Transportistas del Perú, have so far failed to gain significant traction outside of Ayacucho despite planned action in Lima and the regions of Arequipa and Huancavelica. Yesterday, Transport & Communications Minister Luis Rivera rejected demands to suspend fuel taxes until December, stating that global economic pressures were weighing heavily on Peru’s fiscal manoeuvrability. President Pedro Castillo’s government has announced fertiliser subsidies, but has been criticised by the opposition and farming associations for dithering in response to a situation that the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warned in June could lead to a severe food security crisis.

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