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Peru: Deadly Riots At 'Criminal' Market
At least four people have been killed and over 20 hurt as police trying to shut down Peru's biggest wholesale market clashed with protesters.
The mayor of the capital Lima, Susana Villaran, want to move the market - reportedly an easy place to buy illegal goods and stolen merchandise - to a modern, cleaner facility nearby.
She has accused traders opposed to the move of paying criminals to attack officers.
The outbreak of violence in connection with the La Parada market has stunned residents and could hurt Ms Villaran's chances of re-election.
The skirmishes have also prompted criticism of President Ollanta Humala's interior minister, who is in charge of the police force that was caught off guard when protests broke out on Thursday.
Two civilians died during the initial violence while two others were killed on Saturday. One was shot and the other stabbed.
Riot police have been out in force firing tear gas at the demonstrators who threw rocks at police. More than 100 people have been arrested.
In a television interview, Ms Villaran called La Parada "a world where a lot of people earn a lot of money through criminal acts, control of territory, protection rackets. And they don't want to leave."
She called the violence "pre-meditated reaction by hired bands or troublemakers who want to continue ruling their territory outside the law. We are not going to permit that in Lima".
Ms Villaran had set a deadline of mid-September for traders to move to a new market in the Santa Anita district but they refused.
One unnamed shop owner said: "Why is Susana taking our bread away?"
The capital Lima has been hit by a series of strikes over the past month as unions demand better pay and complain of being left behind by a decade of growth that has seen the economy surge more than 6% a year.