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27 Apr 2022

Reuters; Minería en Línea

Peru: Las Bambas company says it has fulfilled its commitments in conflict with communities


"Peruvian government declares state of emergency near MMG's Las Bambas mine as clashes continue" - 27 April 2022

...The Peruvian government on Wednesday declared a state of emergency near MMG's Las Bambas copper mine, whose production has been paralysed for a week due to indigenous communities camped inside.

The state of emergency suspends civil liberties, such as the right of assembly and protest. Reuters reported on Tuesday that Las Bambas was considering trying to evict protesters on Wednesday.

Las Bambas accounts for 2 per cent of the world's copper supply and is the subject of recurrent disruptions by impoverished local communities demanding greater financial contributions from the mine.

Earlier this year, the mine was forced to slow operations due to a road blockade.

MMG said that members of the Fuerabamba community had entered Las Bambas on 14 April to protest the company's alleged failure to meet its social investment commitments, accusations that MMG rejects. Members of the Huancuire community had also joined the protests.

The mineral exploration company also said that a meeting was held on 16 April involving the Peruvian Minister of Mines and Energy, members of the Fuerabamba community and Las Bambas, but the parties were unable to reach a resolution...

(Translated by the BHRRC)