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Peru: Congress to investigate security firm Forza over alleged beating & torture of protestors

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Author: Reuters

El mes pasado, la Coordinadora Nacional de Derechos Humanos...publicó fotografías de hombres y mujeres que supuestamente fueron golpeados por guardias y policías luego de una protesta ocurrida en el 2005 contra el proyecto Rio Blanco. El proyecto...estaba protegido por Forza..."Las fotos muestran claramente que el personal de Forza jugó un rol activo en la represión y la tortura", dijo Javier Jahncke de Fedepaz...El Congreso de Perú dijo que abriría una investigación para saber si los crímenes fueron cometidos por la policía y fuerzas de seguridad privadas en respuesta a una protesta...La oficina de prensa de Forza derivó a Reuters a la firma suiza Securitas...pero un funcionario de la última dijo que Forza era responsable de manejar las preguntas. Reuters volvió a contactar a Forza, que rehusó comentar sobre el caso...El proyecto minero es propiedad de Monterrico Metals, que fue comprada por la china Zijin en el 2007. El gerente de relaciones con los inversores de Monterrico, Andrew Bristow...[dijo c]uando las fotografías fueron publicadas..."es uno del enorme número de cosas que ha pasado en términos de oposición al proyecto".

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5 February 2009

Peru mining security firm faces investigation

Author: Dana Ford, Reuters

A Peruvian security company that works for some major international mining firms faces a congressional investigation after [the National Coordinating Committee for Human Rights] accused it of beating and abusing protesters in 2005...Recently published photos [show] alleged beatings of protesters...by guards and police after a 2005 protest at the Rio Blanco mining project. The...development was protected by Forza..."The photos clearly show that personnel of Forza played an active role in the repression and torture," said Javier Jahncke at Fedepaz...Forza's press office referred Reuters to Sweden's Securitas, which bought the Peruvian company in 2007, but an official there said Forza was in charge of handling inquiries. Reuters again contacted Forza, which declined to comment...The mining project is owned by Monterrico Metals, which was bought by China's Zijin...Monterrico's investor relations manager, Andrew Bristow, was not available for comment. But when the photographs first emerged, he said the allegations were the latest in a long list of "opposition activity" meant to derail the project.

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