Thursday the 22st of May 2003 – Day 93 to Friday the 23rd of May 2003 – Day 94

Thursday the 22st of May 2003 – Day 93

More trouble on the streets of Cuszo today. See Bloomberg , MSNBC for more details.

I got up at 9.00am to see some of the international leaders coming into the city. I waited like many others on the avenue del Sol (main avenue into the centre) to see all the 4X4 jeeps, escorts and glamour. The crowd weren’t in a great mood and jeered all the vehicles especially the police ones. It was good natured, just jeering and laughing but again the police teargassed us. This was becoming a joke. They chased us for 5 blocks throwing cannisters all the time. Never ran so fast in all my life. After it died down, I decided to head to the tourist office but again the police ran towards us up that street firing teargas. Many tourists were caught up in the riot. People were getting angry at this stage and started throwing rocks at the riot police lines. Alot of abuse too. Decided to head another way. I had enough tear gas for one day. My eyes were burning. Did very little the rest of the day. Alot of attractions closed. Police were not allowing any locals into Their square but were allowing gringoes like me (without searching me). I could easily bring a gun or bomb within 20 yards of the centre where 15 heads of state were meeting. The town is very quite and not many tourists about.


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Cuzco – Peru – Reality Bites as everyone demonstrates. The riot police chased for 5 streets. Sorry, I didn’t look around to take anymore pictures. When you see a teargas cannister going past you by your feet, you know your too slow and too far behind. There was a lot of panic as hundreds of people were running from the assault. I thought, yeah, they would follow us up one street, but not as far as five, using teargas all the way. They both throw and use guns to fire them. (22-05-2003)




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Cuzco – Peru – Reality Bites as everyone demonstrates – universal soldier (22-05-2003)


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Cuzco – Peru – Reality Bites as everyone demonstrates – Suspect Device (22-05-2003)


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Cuzco – Peru – Reality Bites as everyone demonstrates – Run Forest Run (22-05-2003)


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Cuzco – Peru – Running riot as the Police advance throwing cannisters (22-05-2003)

I met Damien, Paul and Vanessa in the Irish Pub. Long night as we stayed there until 1.00am, went to spoon for an hour and then to Excess. Got back around 7.00am in the morning. Ouch!

Friday the 23rd of May 2003 – Day 94

Very little done today because of the late night. Got up at 11.30 and watched some of the protests and marches which are ongoing. Done a taxi to the main bus station yo buy a ticket to Ayahuasca. It is 25 Soles and will take 10-14 hours. The bus leaves at 6.30am tomorrow. Went back to bed at 1.00pm and stayed there until 5.00pm. Had dinner and used the net. Some strong earth tremors tonight at 7.00pm. First time I have felt them (ever) and it was a strange feeling. They lasted about 1 minute.

These two pictures are not mine but taken from Associated Press.


“A school teacher tries to kick a teargas bomb during a protest against Peru’s President Alejandro Toledo in Cusco, 350 Miles (570 kilometers) southeast of Lima, Peru on Thursday, May 22, 2003. The striking teachers have also threatened to interrupt the summit of Latin American presidents from the 19-nation Rio Group, which opens on Friday in this city. (AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) “


“Presidential official photo where the presidents are carrying ‘varayocs,’ baton-sized replicas of the staffs used by Inca leaders, in the Summit of Latin American presidents from the 19-nation Rio Group in Cusco, 350 miles (570 kilometers) southeast of Lima, Peru on Friday, May 23, 2003.(AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa) “


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Cuzco – Peru – More trouble (these are my pictures) (23-05-2003)


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Cuzco – Peru – When they kick at your front door, How you gonna come?, With your hands on your head, Or on the trigger of your gun – from Guns of Brixton Lyrics

(23-05-2003)