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Anti-Fujimori Protests Erupt in Lima, PeruAired July 28, 2000 - 2:56 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: More now from Lima, Peru, where the political protests are getting nasty. Tear gas in the streets.
Our Harris Whitbeck even wearing a gas mask. We understand you are pretty close to all of this.
HARRIS WHITBECK, CNN CORRESPONDENT: That is right, Lou.
We are on the seventh floor balcony of one of the buildings that are next to the Presidential Palace, and, as you can see, lots of tear gas in the air right now.
The protesters are down to the far corner of the plaza, they are trying to get away from this very, very nasty tear gas. Some kids were lying on the grass there, overcome by this.
Still no visible presence of the police. They are firing these tear gas canisters from afar. And that fire that we had mention earlier, one of these little guard houses outside the main gate has been contained.
The situation here, it kind of ebbs, you know, the waves of violence are such come and go. And right now, there seems to be a little moment of calm -- Lou.
WATERS: So are these protesters expected to back off, and then resume as soon as the gas clears. I noticed there are water cannons also being used, which will have the affect of dampening the affect of the gas.
Well, yeah, except that that water is usually laced with chemicals or with organic matter that makes it not very pleasant -- Lou.
WATERS: All right, Harris Whitbeck, in Lima, Peru. These pictures we have been watching for quite some time. We have watched ebbs and flows of this protest, centered around the election of Alberto Fujimori, a highly contested presidential race, in which fraud was alleged by protesters and others, some of whom are within the government.
We understand 46 opposition members of Congress walked out during Fujimori's swearing in -- his swearing ceremony this morning for his third term as president. Then these demonstration outside began. They have been, as I say, ebbing and flowing with police efforts to break them up with the tear gas and all, the protesters apparently back off and then move back in when it is cleared of the gas. And, as Harris Whitbeck mentioned, the chemicals in the water cannons also being used.
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