Cusco - Day 3
Trip Start Mar 08, 2005
19Trip End Mar 29, 2005
The demonstrators were separated by occupation. There were: construction workers, train workers, taxi drivers, bus drivers and teachers.
I was following the first group around the square taking pictures. I'll post a few. The first set were the construction workers. Basically the city as a whole had decided on a 24 hours strike
So as the construction workers marched around the plaza, they threw rocks and fruit at any business that was open. As the group approached, businesses were rushing to close their doors. It was all very interesting until they started throwing rocks at me and demanding that I stop taking pictures. They're like 5 feet tall, but they're mean looking. And they had projectiles. A less than ripe grapefruit can do a tremendous amount of damage.
I talked to some local shop owners and they said it's always the construction workers that get violent.
So, of course, at this point the military and police created a larger presence in the plaza. They had the shields out and what not. But they seemed pretty relaxed.
The rest of the protestors were pretty chill
So that's that.
This afternoon we hiked up to some Inca ruins and looked down onto the city of Cusco. Lovely. We also saw the 20 foot Jesus statue that watches over Cusco, a little like Rio.
Tomorrow we're getting out of Cusco and taking a day trip to Pisac. It's the other cultural center of the area.