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Peru protesters say tortured by police, miner

Author: Dana Ford, Reuters, Published on: 13 January 2009

People who protested in 2005 against a massive copper project in northern Peru…on Tuesday aired allegations they were tortured by police and mine personnel…The protesters said at least 28 members from their communities…were kidnapped and brutally beaten [with one left dead] after peacefully protesting against the development of the $1.4 billion Rio Blanco mine...The mining development is run by Monterrico Metals of Britain, which was bought by Zijin Mining Group…in 2007...Prime Minister Yehude Simon promised to personally review the torture allegations…The police have not responded to the allegations...Andrew Bristow, investor relations manager at Monterrico, declined to comment on the merit of the torture case…

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Related companies: Monterrico Metals (part of Zijin) Rio Blanco Copper (part of Xiamen Zijin Tongguan Investment Development Corporation, part of Zijin Mining Group, Tongling Non-Ferrous Metals Group Holding Co. Ltd. y Xiamen C&D Coperation Ltd.) Zijin