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Peru’s government has responded to the Tia Maria protests by sending in the army.

Peru’s government has responded to the Tia Maria protests by sending in the army.

Taken on 2015-05-12

The Tia Maria mine is a large copper mine located in the south of Peru in Moquegua Region. The project is operated by Southern Copper Corporation with Newmont Mining Corporation owning a share. In 2011, there were protests against the project which led to the death of three people. Concern about the impact on agriculture led the project to be put on hold. A revised Environmental Impact Assessment by Geoservice Ingeniería for Southern Copper Corporation was approved in August, 2014. The construction permit is pending. A new round of farmer-led protests began in March 2015 and have already taken five lives in more than 60 days of regional strikes. On May 23 the state proclaimed a state of emergency for Islay province, in the south of the country. Farmers fear the project will contaminate the River Tambo vital for their rice crops.

Uploaded by Taylor on 2015-06-14

Edwin Chota Portrait; Saweto, Peru.

Edwin Chota Portrait; Saweto, Peru.

Taken on 2014-09-12 *

Edwin Chota, an outspoken Peruvian opponent of illegal logging and three other native Ashaninka community leaders were shot and killed in the remote region bordering Brazil. Chota had received frequent death threats from illegal loggers, who operate in the region with impunity.

Source: Frankbajak.com

Uploaded by Taylor on 2015-10-24