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Latino Daily News

Monday September 20, 2010

Peruvian Police Take Back Power Plant From Coca Growers

After taking over a power plant in Peru on Sunday, and cutting off electricity to an estimated 430,000 people, 120 Peruvian coca growers were arrested and 30 of the plant’s employees freed.

The coca growers took over the plant in protest after the government’s increase in crop eradication plans. Coca is the central ingredient in cocaine, and its increased production has Peru 2nd only to Colombia.

TThe natural gas-fired power plant in Aguaytia, about 300 miles northeast of Lima, was turned back on, but the authorities said Sunday, that coca growers were still blocking a main highway with disable trucks and buses.