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Peru: Marco Arana released as death toll in Cajamarca rises to 5
Marco Arana being detained on Wednesday (Photo: Jorge Chavez Ortiz)
By Manuel Vigo
July 5, 2012
Marco Arana, leader of Tierra y Libertad, was released on Thursday morning, after being detained by Cajamarca police on Wednesday.
The former priest was released after an intervention from Chiclayo’s prosecutor, who argued, “There was no reason for [Arana] being detained,” Canal N reported.
Prosecutor General Jose Peláez said the prosecution’s office had no involvement in Arana’s arrest, and said it was likely he was arrested for violating restrictions imposed by the state of emergency.
"The national police can carry out a detainment if there is a misdeed,” Peláez was quoted as saying by El Comercio.
Arana was arrested on Wednesday morning, a day after the central government declared a 30-day state of emergency in the provinces of Celendín, Cajamarca and Hualgayoc.
Wednesday’s clashes between protestors and police raised the death toll up to 5, after 29-year old José Antonio Sanchez Huaman died of complications from a gunshot wound.
Meanwhile, chief of police Raul Salazar denied rumors that 15 police officers had been taken hostage by protestors.
Salazar said the officers had been followed by a group of demonstrators to the Llaucan police station, but had not been harmed or held hostage.
"The protestors followed them, but at no time were they kidnapped. The officers entered the police station where there are ten officers, and the protestors have been left outside, threatening to attack the police station. They will resist," Salazar said on Wednesday night.
The police chief said 100 police officers had been sent to Bambamarca to control the situation.
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Total coments: 7
Commented By: Jesús
On: July 5, 2012. 1:02 pm
By their fruits ye shall know them. They look without seeing, and hearing they hear or understand. A state representative tyrant
Commented By: Rosana
On: July 5, 2012. 4:55 pm
Please sign the petition. Conga no va! http://www.avaaz.org/es/petition/Stop_the_Conga_mining_project_2/?caXHldb
Commented By: Sandra Arthur
On: July 5, 2012. 5:07 pm
The Government has to be firm. People understand their requests when they seat at a table in a civilized manner, but unfortunately it does not happen when the lack of knowledge is manipulated by a few agitators.
Commented By: Pepon
On: July 5, 2012. 9:36 pm
Mining is the industry thats getting Peru out of the third world into a developing country...These protestor in Cajamarca believe they are gonna reach the first world by selling cheeses and handicrafts
Commented By: matt
On: July 6, 2012. 4:47 pm
Mining might improve things for Peru, but only if the benefits are shared around. And what good is development if your people have their water poisoned as well. What is happening in Cajamarca is the result of rapid economic growth that will benefit the campesinos little.
Commented By: Joseph
On: July 7, 2012. 9:37 pm
I don't know... No first world country has ever grown thanks to foreign investment. On the contrary, most countries where foregin countries have come to to take advantage of mining or similar.. are poor now :( A country can have a rapid economic growth even with few resources. e.g. Japan, going from a feudal and almost medieval society to a modern one in just a few decades. The thing is.. what's the root difference between these countries and our own?
Commented By: semper fi
On: July 10, 2012. 9:07 am
Mining is a good thing but it needs some control. Common people have trouble seeing the good when it is disruptive to their lives and affects their cultural. Working together we can over come these problems.
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