Peru police arrest 156 anti-government protesters

Peru's police chief said Wednesday that 156 people were arrested during anti-government and anti-free trade protests called by the country's largest labor union. According to Gen. Jose Sanchez, police arrested 127 in the capital, where 2,500 people gathered downtown for a rally. The rest were arrested at protests in other cities. Union chief Mario Huaman is calling for the resignation of all of President Alan Garcia's ministers, the cancellation of Peru's free trade pacts and wage increases for workers. Peru police cleared highway blockades in four provinces on Wednesday and PeruRail suspended the only rail service to Peru's ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu as a precautionary measure.