Peru: gold miners shut down Puno

In a second day of mobilization, some 20,000 informal gold miners from the communities of Rinconada, Lunar de Oro, Limbani and Phara filled the streets of the city of Puno in southern Peru, demanding that the regional government support their demands for “free sale” of gold—meaning a lifting of all government controls on its purchase and trade. Miners leader Víctor Mejía Chambi warned regional president Mauricio Rodrigues that “other methods” would be considered if their demands were not met. (Los Andes, RPP, June 26)

See our last post on mineral struggles in Peru.

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