July 20 - Retired police clash with security forces in Peru over pension reforms. Julie Noce reports.
Hundreds of retired police officers, soldiers and their wives clashed with security forces in Lima Tuesday, in protest against pension reforms. Riot police threw tear gas and hit protesters with batons, as the demonstrators tried to push their way through the barricade. The protesters say pensions are already too low, and fear new reforms could eliminate them entirely. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CARLOS PALMA, RETIRED SOLDIER, SAYING: "Through this law, they are trying to eliminate our pension, they're trying to get rid of social rights, they're trying to hand over the support of military and police to the national pension office." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ELVIRA PALOMINO, POLICE WIDOW, SAYING: "They are robbing what belongs to the widows and we have no other way to live, to pay debts for our family. We''re widows. Our children can't go to school. We can't buy good food nor medicines." President Alan Garcia has proposed fiscal reforms, that include a reorganization of pensions. Garcia's term is set to end next month. Julie Noce, Reuters