April 19, 2007

Peruvian coca farmers dig in their heels

Peru coca farmers warn government By Dan Collyns BBC News, Lima

Peru's striking coca farmers have given the government a 24-hour ultimatum to negotiate with them, threatening to continue their roadblocks indefinitely.

Thousands of farmers are protesting against a toughening of the government's coca eradication drive.

President Alan Garcia has recently announced an open war against the production of cocaine, of which the coca leaf is the basic ingredient.

Peru is the second largest producer of cocaine, after Colombia.

"Coca or death" is the mantra of the striking protesters, as the stakes have been raised on all sides.

Things have the potential to get real messy if Garcia doesn't follow through.

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