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Cajamarca protestors say they will continue until Conga mining plan is withdrawn
November 28, 2011
On Monday Wilfredo Saavedra, president of Cajamarca’s Environmental Defense Front, said protestors would carry on with the strike until the government deemed the Conga mining project was ‘unfeasible’.
According to El Comercio, protests in the area turned violent on Monday, and reported acts of vandalism.
The newspaper reported that some protestors had started burning tires and had started to gather in the city square.
Flights in and out of the area had been canceled.
Gregorio Santos, regional president of Cajamarca said he had met with a representative from the central government, and said he was waiting for the ministers to speak out against the mining project.
Prime Minister Salomon Lerner said communication was still underway, but clarified that no representative from the executive branch would travel to Cajamarca on Monday.
“There are no plans to travel today, but we do plan on traveling there if the conditions for dialogue are met, and if local authorities and the regional government allows it,” said Lerner.
The Prime Minister added that he still thought a compromise could be reached.
“We want to explain the responsible mining scheme the government had formulated, to these local authorities, and hope they will help us promote it,” he said, according to El Comercio.
"I can not say whether it will be me or the President who will travel, but a member of the executive branch will be there if the conditions are suitable," he added.
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Commented By: DanielleKrautmann
On: November 29, 2011. 8:10 am
I think it is such a shame that this protest is continuing. I am a resident of Banos del Inca and am not involved in the mining project, but have felt a lot of animosity towards all gringos whether they are involved in mining or not. Being an environmentalist myself, I have always had a problem with the fact that local in Cajamarca and Banos throw their trash, go to the bathroom in, and flush the waste from the butcher (large amount of blood and guts) into the rivers and streams. Now they are burning tires in the streets and leaving plastic bottles and waste (in large quantities) in the areas where they protest. It seems ironic to me that they treat the earth this way but are protesting to "protect" the water. Not to mention that many protestors are coming from other areas outside of Cajamarca and terribly impacting the local economy. Kids aren't going to school and some people can't get food. While their cause may or may not be valid, they way they are fighting for it seems to be extremely counterproductive. Lets hope for a solution very soon.
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