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14 Feb 2022

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Al Jazeera

Peru: Leaders of the Coporaque district promise to continue road blockade against Las Bambas copper mine

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"Peru community plans to restart blockade of mine road amid truce", 14 February 2022

...Members of a Peruvian community have promised to restart a road blockade against a prominent copper mine, even as a second community promised a 45-day truce in the dispute.

The planned disruption is the latest in a series of protests along the road leading to the Las Bambas mine, which is owned by MMG Ltd and produces 2 percent of the world’s copper supply. Dozens of impoverished Andean communities live along the 400km (248 miles) dirt road. They have regularly complained that the trucks transiting to the mine pollute the environment while failing to increase the quality of life for residents.

Since opening in 2016, the mining road has been blocked for more than 400 days by different groups. Most recently, leaders in the Capacmarca district agreed to lift their blockade for 45 days...

However, soon after, leaders from Coporaque district, where also protesters have recently blocked the road, said they would continue the blockade...

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