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Peru: Cajamarca goes on 48-hour strike over Conga
(Photo: El Comercio)
By Manuel Vigo
July 11, 2012
A group of protestors gathered in Bambamarca on Wednesday morning, to express their opposition to the Conga mining project.
The gathering occurred in the midst of a 48-hour regional strike, organized by protestors, despite the state of emergency in the area.
"For us, the province of Bambamarca Hualgayoc, the state of emergency [called by Prime Minister] Valdes is not valid,” Manuel Ramos, a community leader, was quoted as saying by El Comercio.
"The only crime we committed is to defend the water," Ramos said, and added that the region’s protests were peaceful.
Meanwhile in the city of Cajamarca local media reported no protests, and said roads, shops and schools remained open.
However, a vigil was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, in honor of the 5 people who were killed during protests last week, El Comercio said.
Carlos Canales, head of the National Chamber of Commerce, said Wednesday the Cajamarca protests had significantly affected tourism in the area.
“Unfortunately, I predict that for two to three years, this region will be off Peru’s tourist map,” Canales said.
Protests, he said, had led to 30 million soles in losses to Cajamarca’s tourist industry, since December 2011.
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Total coments: 4
Commented By: Jason W. Smith, Ph.D.
On: July 11, 2012. 6:27 pm
Blackwater Today US special action teams composed of Special Forces (US Army Green Berets, Navy Seals) standard CIA operators (thugs) and mercenaries from Blackwater’s newest spin off are the behind the scenes organizers of discontent in the northeastern Departments. That is, in addition to Huancavelica and Ica where they operating under cover of the rubric “New Horizons” and “USAid” these fellows are provoking discontent among those already the most discontented portions of the Peruvian mining and water dependent communities. If you want to know what Blackwater is really all about you don’t have to go the war crimes of Iraq, although that would help, to find out. I recommend the CBS TV series “Jericho” (Netflix) where they are depicted as “Ravenwood” for all the picture that is fit to print. This is part of a greater conspiracy emanating as usual from the Great Neighbor to the north and operated by its so-called Embassy in Lima as well as Hq in Langley, Virginia. You don’t have much time left before they move to overthrow the government of President Ollanta Humala.
Commented By: rodneyanddoris
On: July 12, 2012. 12:54 pm
Not that I deny US involvement in many world affairs, but it would be nice Mr. Smith if you would sometimes print your sources. You sound very paranoid to me to be quite honest. Sources?
Commented By: Viracocha
On: July 12, 2012. 6:10 pm
Further to rodneyanddoris's comment, I would like to add that even my wife, an everyday Peruvian woman, has been telling me for sometime that the USA is involved in several Latin countries,including Peru, to destabilise Governments through infiltation and incitement of local issues. I don't know the reason myself, but it would seem where there is smoke, there is fire, if even local folk believe this. Chaufa, V
Commented By: rodneyanddoris
On: July 13, 2012. 2:34 pm
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