Peru: new anti-mining struggle in Cajamarca
Regional president Gregorio Santos Guerrero accused the central government and especially Interior Ministry of using the National Police to punish communities that reject mineral operations on their lands. "Every project that attacks the life and the health of the people, attacks the natural resources, is unviable," Santos said.
A paro (civil strike) against the mineral project is now underway in the Valle de Condebamba, with two key bridges blocked. Sulliden Gold Corporation recently acquired new lands adjacent to its current mine at Shahuindo by buying out the neighboring concession of Peruvian-owned Vikingo. It is now seeking approval to expand operations at the site, which straddles the border of Cajabamba and Cajamarca provinces. (See map.) (Andina, March 13; Cajamarca Regional Government press release via Celendín Libre, March 11)
This marks a second stand-off over mineral development in Cajamarca region, following the long struggle over Newmont Mining's Conga project.