Tuesday, June 3

Bloomberg Bloomberg.com: Latin America: "Cabinet Chief Luis Solari said that Bishop Luis Bambaren had been named to mediate a solution, as teachers ignored a threat that they would be fired for failure to report to work and police used tear gas to disperse strikers in the central Peruvian city of Huancayo. Most of Peru's 27-million population is Catholic. The announcement came at the government palace in Lima after Toledo met with political and labor leaders." This is reminiscent of the 1979 (?) Sutep strike that lasted for more than 100 days and the Catholic Church had to mediate a solution between the Maoist-led union and the military government. Of course, the teacher's plight is probably worse now than 25 years ago.

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