Peru: 2 killed, others injured in protest over social & environmental impacts of MMG mine; govt. declares state of emergency

Author: Reuters, Published on: 29 September 2015

“Two killed in protest at $7.4-bln MMG copper project in Peru”

Protestas Apurimac

Two protesters were shot dead and eight police officers wounded after a group of activists broke into MMG Ltd's $7.4- billion Las Bambas project in a remote Andean region in Peru, the government said on Monday…Many towns near big projects fear pollution or seek more benefits. The unrest in the highland town of Challhuahuacho comes as MMG has been wrapping up construction of a massive mine that is expected to add 400,000 tonnes of copper to global supply each year. Protesters were demanding that MMG revise part of its environmental plan and hire more locals, authorities said. About 1,500 police officers and 150 military officers had been sent to the zone ahead of rallies that started on Friday…MMG said it remains open to dialogue and that communities near the mine did not participate in the protests. "Las Bambas has demonstrated through the years its vast capacity for working with communities in the area of influence," the company said in a statement…

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Related companies: China International Trust and Investment (CITIC) Las Bambas (part of MMG) Minerals and Metals Group (MMG) (part of China Minmetals)