Protesters march in Peru after government fails to prioritise the gambling industry

A peaceful protest saw more than a thousand casino and gaming room workers marching through the streets as 80,000 people are currently out of work

Just 48 hours after a protest in central Lima which saw over a thousand workers from casino and gaming outlets descended on the capital, prompting a reaction from the government to issue a statement of intent with regards to the operation of such entities.

President Francisco Sagasti stated during his first official interview after taking to office that an operation is currently Peruunderway to reopen casinos and gaming rooms across the country.

The government succumbed to the pressure just 48 hours a peaceful protest that saw more than a thousand casino and gaming room workers marching the streets in objection. Such a gathering demanded the economical revival of more than 80,000 jobs in the sector.

Eight months have passed since casinos and slot rooms in Peru had shut its doors due to the current pandemic and the gaming industry, within Latin America, hit the hardest by COVID-19.

Therefore, it can be easily seen that in several other provinces across the region have witnessed several casinos start to operate once again, though at reduced capacity and following health protocols.

However, for Peruvians this has been an up-hill battle as thousands of workers have been left to fend for themselves and Mirtha Vazquezare unable to carry out the professional duties.
The situation for workers in such an industry has resulted in emergency meetings between the The President of the Congress of the Republic of Peru, Mirtha Vasquez (left) and casino and slot workers.

Vasquez sympathised with workers as she uttered her discontent that the gaming sector has not had the opportunity to restart generating much needed revenue since it has been suspended for over 8 months now.
Other representatives of the house such as Omar Chehade and Luis Valdez also sat in during discussions whilst foreign trade minister Claudia Cornejo was also present.

Workers whom have been affected by this indecisiveness of the federal government were represented by Synthia Morante, Jullie Medina and Celisa Díaz, as well as representatives of the General Confederation of Workers of Peru (CGTP).

"More than 85,000 casino workers during these nearly 9 months are out of work. All we're asking is to reopen the activities of the game rooms so that we can return to our jobs so that we can bring the bread worthily to our homes," Morante Balarezo said.

Both Minister and holder of Parliament agreed to mediate with government in order to find a common ground and secure a way forward.

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