Peru: Tensions continue between Las Bambas mining group and protesters causing violent clashes
"Peru protesters attack Las Bambas mining group's convoy, burn vehicles", 21st July 2020
...Protesters in Peru attacked a convoy of vehicles from the Las Bambas mining group, one of Peru’s largest copper producers, and set fire to some of them, underscoring tensions in the country that has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
The miner, owned by Chinese firm MMG Ltd, said in a statement late on Monday the convoy had been moving through a mining area near the city of Espinar in the Cusco region when the vehicles were intercepted and stoned. Two were torched.
Peru is the world’s No. 2 copper producer and its economy relies heavily on exports of the red metal, especially to top buyer China. The Andean country’s economy has been one of worst affected in the region by the coronavirus outbreak.
The protesters “are violently demanding an economic benefit that is not linked to Minera Las Bambas, and that has caused riots in the area,” Las Bambas said...