LIMA – A 15-year-old boy became the second fatality in the protests fishermen have been staging in recent days in the northern Peruvian province of Paits, Radio Programas del Peru, or RPP, reported.
The boy, identified only as C.A.R.C., died Saturday after being in a coma for two days after being shot in the head.
The boy’s death was confirmed by the regional advisor for Paita, Vanessa Periche, and by the director of Las Mercedes Hospital in Paita, Arturo Adanaque, RPP said.
Eleven other people were injured in clashes between demonstrators and police and three of them had to undergo surgery for gunshot wounds, doctors said.
Another protester died last Thursday and 26 others were injured in the clash that broke out at a demonstration to demand an increase in the hake fishing quota.
The fishermen maintained their protest until Friday, despite the fact that the Production Ministry published a resolution increasing the hake quota, and they later agreed to participate in a dialogue session after placing other conditions on the authorities.
The demonstrators have made demands regarding the water supply in Paita, undertaking a review of the port concession and the modification of a law involving pensions for retired fishermen, the Ombudsman’s Office representative in Piura, Cesar Orrego, said.
The fishermen’s strike has resulted in losses of more than $7 million, port operator Terminales Portuarios Euroandinos-Paita, or TPE, said.