Peru: Local community clashes with CNPC over demands for job creation and other support

Author: Mitra Taj, Reuters , Published on: 18 August 2019

"Building set on fire in protest against China's CNPC in Peru", 17 August 2019 

LIMA (Reuters) - A building in a northern Peruvian town was set on fire on Friday in a protest against China National Petroleum Corp that devolved into clashes between police and demonstrators who want the company to make pledges to help the local community, an industry source said.

The unrest follows the breakdown of talks between the company and local residents in the district of El Alto, in a desert coastal region near three offshore oil blocks that CNPC operates.

Residents want CNPC to agree to a series of commitments to local development, including a guarantee that it will (create) 100 jobs for young people...

CNPC and Confipetrol could not immediately be reached for comment outside of normal business hours on Friday...

The unrest in El Alto is the latest flare-up in social conflicts that President Martin Vizcarra’s government has struggled to contain in recent weeks.

Protests continued on Friday against two major mining projects - copper mines proposed by Southern Copper Corp and Anglo American worth more than $6 billion - blocking roads in southern Peru.

A spokeswoman for Peru’s Energy and Mines Ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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