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Protesters Severely Injured During Anti-mining Protest in Peru - Report

Mining News - Published on Thu, 12 Sep 2019

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News Click reported that a large-scale regional strike has been called on September 16 by organisations and trade unions leading the struggle against the construction of the copper mining project in the Islay province. The strike, involving the southern regions of the country demands definitive cancellation. On September 7, two protesters were severely wounded by gunshots during a demonstration against the construction of the Tia María copper mining project. The incident took place when the police forcefully tried to clear a road blockade in the Islay province. The more seriously wounded, 23 year old Hugo Roque was immediately admitted to a state hospital in the Mollendo town. The other injured person, who did not want to be identified, was hit in the leg and was admitted to a nearby hospital in the Cocachacra municipality. In the past eight weeks of protest, several incidents of violent police repression have been registered and a number of people have been injured during the conflicts.

El Buho, a regional media outlet, the police have been using firearms on a daily basis but the mainstream media is hiding this fact. It added that while people were getting wounded by firearms everyday, they were not going to the health centers due to the fear of being detained by the police.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 12 Sep 2019
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