Peru protesters strand tourists at Machu Picchu

Peru protesters strand tourists at Machu Picchu

Protesters in Peru have blocked the train line to the famous Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, stranding thousands of tourists.

The customer service desk for the British-owned PeruRail company said the service was being suspended on Wednesday and Thursday because of the protest by local residents demanding that the government reverse its cancellation of a planned new airport.

That protest has merged with a strike by some 20,000 teachers demanding pay raises.

The government's Andina news agency said more than 1,000 riot police had been sent to the region.

AP

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