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Tension remains in Peru after social protests in mining areas

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Tension remains in Peru after social protests in mining areas

Lima, Oct 30 (Prensa Latina) Tension persists today in the Peruvian mining regions of Ayacucho and Ancash, after riots broke out during social protests against mining companies for environmental damages and other negative effects.

The disturbances took place yesterday on the second day of a general strike in the provinces of Lucanas, Parinacochas and Paucar del Sara Sara, in the central Andean region of Ayacucho, against mining activity in the headwaters of river basins that supply water to their territories.

The protest overtook the police and the demonstrators entered the camp and installations of the Apumayo mine and set it and the heavy machinery on fire, according to radio reports from the area.

In addition, the Breapampa mine is still under siege by residents of the surrounding area and the three provinces are demanding the withdrawal of mining companies SAMI SAC, Ares SAC and Hochschild Mining, which they accuse of contaminating the water consumed by the towns.

They claim that as a result of the contamination, livestock and fish are dying in the zone.

In the northern region of Ancash, protesters are demanding from Antamina mining company, among other things, compensation for the use of their land for the transit of the ore they produce.

Representatives of various sectors of the population occupied the company’s offices at the company’s shipping dock in the port of Huarmey.

Prime Minister Mirtha Vasquez managed to appease the protests against the MMG mining company in the southern Andean region of Apurímac and coca leaf growers in the southern Andean region of Puno, who lifted their road blockades in exchange for the start of negotiations on their demands.


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