Saturday, June 25, 2011

Police kills five in Peru anti-mining protest

Peruvian police has killed five anti-mining protesters who, in a group of at least one thousand, attempted to blockade twice the international airport of Juliaca, at Lake Titicaca, not far from the Bolivian border. After these massacres protesters stormed a police station in the nearby town of Azángaro.

The project belongs to Bear Creek mining company, from Canada. Local citizens, mostly of Aymara ethnicity, oppose the project because it should cause major environmental destruction while bringing very few benefits at all for the affected communities. 

Source: AFP.

Demonstration against the mining project

Update (Jun 27): the mining license was revoked by President García. Bear Creek will sue the government for this reason  - Reuters (via PO)

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