Police of Peru evict communities in mining Las Bambas | News


The Peruvian Police began this Wednesday the eviction of the protesters who occupied an area known as Takiruta, owned by the Chinese company MMG that operates the Las Bambas mine, in the framework of a conflict between the company and the communities, whose protests in the place caused the suspension of operations on April 20.


State of emergency declared due to protests in Peruvian mining area

A police contingent broke into the occupied properties and there were clashes with the community members, which resulted in two injuries, including a woman who was hit by a firearm projectile in her eye, according to local media.

The entry of the security forces took place prior to the meetings between the communities and the Army to try to find a solution to the conflict. However, the Government decreed a state of emergency in the districts of Challhuahuacho and Coyllurqui, in the province of Cotabambas.

With decree No. 042-2022-PCM, the suspension of constitutional rights related to freedom of transit, assembly, and personal security was instructed. In addition, the intervention of the Police and the Armed Forces was authorized.

Previously, the head of corporate affairs for Las Bambas, Carlos Castro, acknowledged that the executives of the second largest copper mining company in the world were considering evicting the protesters.

“The embargo defense can be exercised within the 15 days established by law,” Castro told international media.

The Las Bambas Mining Unit is located in the provinces of Cotabambas and Grau, in the department of Apurímac, in the Andean region. In 2017, it produced 385,000 tons of copper in concentrate, making it the second largest producer of the metal in the world.

Until now, the MMG only exploits the Ferrobamba deposit, despite the fact that the Mining Unit also includes the Chalcombamba and Sulfobamba mineral deposits.

Company estimates reflect that they have reserves of 5,631 million tons of copper and 8,982 million tons of mineral resources.

Communities surrounding the mine demand inclusion in the production chain, while others demand payment of compensation for the environmental and social impacts caused by the mining operation.

Likewise, some people who gave up their land for mining exploitation underline the breach of commitments by MMG, which offered to build a hospital, schools and housing in the area.

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