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Peru's Public School Teachers End Two-Week Strike


Peru's public school teachers have ended a 15-day strike that was started in protest of a new teacher's law.

Prime Minister Jorge del Castillo on Thursday said the teacher's union called off its protest after the government agreed to open a dialogue with the union on the disputed Teacher Career law.

Union members say measures in the law that establish a stricter evaluation process for teachers could trigger a string of firings in the education sector.

During protests on Thursday, hundreds of teachers set fire to an area near Cuzco airport in southern Peru. As a result, several flights were canceled before firefighters extinguished the fires.

Also Thursday, Peruvian farmers ended their own protests following violent clashes with police earlier this week. The farmers were protesting high fertilizer and seed prices, among other grievances.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.