Peruvian teachers clash with police

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 06:27 GMT, Aug 17, 2017 |

Clashes broke out as thousands of teachers and education workers took to the streets of Lima on Wednesday (August 16) in demands of salary increases.

Police in riot gear used water cannon to spray teachers and tear gas to break up crowds as the striking teachers made their way through the city.

Teachers in Peru have been demonstrating for weeks to demand better pay, and the Peruvian Education Workers’ Union (Sutep) has called on President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski to fulfil a campaign promise to do just that.

Teachers and supporters marched through Lima and several other regions of the country. The demonstrators in Lima made their way through the capital city before they were blocked from reaching the congressional building.

The standoff with educators, in addition to protests from doctors and public workers, has helped drag Kuczynski’s approval rating to just 29 percent; the lowest level since he took office in July 2016.