Peru: Cuzco residents protest tourism development

Local residents burned tires and blocked roads around Cuzco, Peru, Feb. 7 to protest government proposals to expand private development at Machu Picchu and other tourism sites. Tourist access to Machu Picchu was cut off by the protests, with visitors transported out in police vehicles. Further such actions are pledged if Peru's congress does not reject two proposed laws to ease construction restrictions in Cuzco department and allow for more hotels to be built near archaeological sites. (AP, Feb. 9)

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