Clashes erupt over Peru’s new labor law

Clashes erupted between riot police and demonstrators on Thursday in the Peruvian capital, Lima, as young people protested against a new law that strips workers between 18 and 24 of their labor rights. Demonstrators threw stones and sticks at police, who responded with tear gas.

Marches were held in at least nine cities across Peru with the largest number of protesters – 5,000 people – gathering in Lima. The numbers on injuries and arrests haven’t been released.

Under the new law, workers aged from 18 to 24 won’t get severance pay and only get half the vacation time of older workers. Also, they will not be paid the twice-yearly bonuses of one month's wages that are standard for other workers.