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Peru: extremist groups behind Xstrata mining protests, says President Humala
President Ollanta Humala during Council of Ministers meeting (Photo: Andina)
By Manuel Vigo
May 25, 2012
On Friday President Ollanta Humala said he believed ‘extremist groups’ were behind the Xstrata mining protests in the province of Espinar, in Cusco.
The president said radical groups “from the same affiliation as those in Cajamarca,” were pushing the protests ahead, and asked for residents to let the state deal with the issue.
"It’s about dialogue, there is a multi-sectoral committee that needs to be installed in Cusco. There is a historical debt to these populations, and it has to be solved by the state rather than the companies,” Humala said, according to El Comercio.
He said the state should “charge more,” and was working to achieve this.
"We are collecting the mining tax to build roads and resolve issues of quality of life," he said.
On Thursday, at least seven protestors were injured when they attempted to enter the Xstrata Tintaya facilities in Cusco.
"The last thing we want is to have a loss of life. There are groups of the same affiliation as those from Cajamarca; violent groups trying to bring an extremist petition,” Humala said on TV show 'Buenos Dias Peru'.
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Total coments: 2
Commented By: Almenara
On: May 25, 2012. 4:16 pm
Despite any terrorists influences - where are the independent scientific reports that no damage is being perpetrated to the environment?. It would be a sad tale to find out in the end that this was not correct and all would be lost then. Terrorist, politics and capital investments - all should stand aside if the environment is at stake.
Commented By: harry
On: May 28, 2012. 12:06 pm
A Formal mining operation like the one by Xstrata in Tintaya does not have any considerable negative impact on the environment. The problem is the informal mining operations in this country which are completly unregulated and destroy the environment and at the same time do not result in any type of development. A modern mining operation like Tintaya that meets current legislation actually causes less impact on the environment than a medium scale farming operation. Please educate yourself on the topic before joining the ignorant people being used by the extremist political activists in Cuzco and Cajamarca.
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