One person was killed and at least four others injured during a clash between police and townspeople in southern Peru at the start of a march towards Machu Picchu, in protest of a gas pipeline project.
A 17-year-old was killed when police confronted the protesters in the district of Santa Teresa, located in Cuzco’s La Convencion province, according to RPP Noticias.
The young man was reportedly part of a group of protesters that had planned to hold protests at the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the country’s top tourist attraction.
The La Convencion development committee had been building up protests over the past week, against the building of a gas fractionating plant at Kepashiato, and area in La Convencion which has already seen troubles with police and
A local prosecutor was investigating the death. The People’s Ombudsman, Eduardo Vega, called for dialogue and has sent a team of negotiators to the province this week.
The confrontation also resulted in injuries to four police officers, with one of the officers receiving serious wounds. A police truck was also attacked and damaged during the protests.
Media reports said that the population was protesting against the development plans for the Southern Peru Gas Pipeline, a 1,000-kilometer pipeline that will transport gas from the Camisea fields to cities in southern Peru.