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Sunday 23 July 2017

Peru protesters strand tourists at Machu Picchu

Protesters have blocked the train line to Machu Picchu in Peru (AP/Karel Navarro)
Protesters have blocked the train line to Machu Picchu in Peru (AP/Karel Navarro)

Protesters in Peru have blocked the train line to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, stranding thousands of tourists.

The customer service desk for the British-owned PeruRail company said the service was being suspended on Wednesday and Thursday because of the protest by local residents demanding that the government reverse its cancellation of a planned new airport.

That protest has merged with a strike by some 20,000 teachers demanding pay raises.

The government's Andina news agency said more than 1,000 riot police had been sent to the region.

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