Peru: victory in Arequipa anti-mining struggle —after protester deaths

Andrés Taipe Chuquipuma, 22, on April 4 became the first fatal casualty in the ongoing civil strike (paro) at Islay village in Peru’s Arequipa region against the planned Tía María copper mining project. He died in the hospital hours after receiving a bullet in the stomach in a confrontation with the National Police. Two more protesters at Islay were killed April 7. The following day, Peru’s government announced that the project was cancelled, with the mining ministry saying the environmental impact assessment presented by the Southern Copper Corp. was “inadmissible.” (BBC News, April 9; Dow Jones, April 8; RPP, April 4)

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