Mining & Energy | June 24, 2011 [ 8:14 ]
Protests in Puno continue while government seeks solutionLivinginPeru.com
|Congressman Yonhy Lescano met with Walter Aduviri and others to consult on the mining issues in the Puno region. (Photo: El Comercio)
The indefinite strike in the provinces of Melgar and Azángaro in Puno against mining and oil concessions turned violent Thursday.
In Ayaviri, strikers burned a toll booth, while thousands of protesters from Azángaro stormed Juliaca and closed all entrances to the city, freezing economic activity.
Meanwhile Thursday afternoon Walter Aduviri met with congressmen to seek a solution to the region's turmoil.
Congressman Yonhy Lescano says the Aymara have softened some of their demands and presented a counter offer to the government Thursday, reports El Comercio
First, to repeal the Supreme Decree 083-2007 which granted the mining concession of the Santa Ana mine to Bear Creek Mining, and second, to ensure that the local communities are consulted prior to any application for a mining concession in the south of Puno.
Until Thursday afternoon Lescano said the group demanded the declaration of Puno as a mining free territory.
But while the talks continue between the government and representatives from the Puno region, the strikes continue in several zones of the region.
"We will radicalize the protest. We demand decontamination of the Ramis basin and the cancellation of mining and oil concessions," said Sergio Mamani, leader from the town of Progreso.
Friday Juliaca joined the demonstrators and has called for a 48-hour strike. The demonstrators stormed the airport leaving two dead, reports El Comercio.
# Peru-N-English Blog says :
June 24, 2011 [ 12:41 ]
Why is Walter Aduviri meeting with congressmen and not sitting in jail awaiting trial!? The government should call for a halt of all terrorist activities, and the surrender to authorities of their radicalized leaders, before negotiating any agreements. Are they going to wait for more people to be needlessly killed, more property to be destroyed and more groups to become emboldened and radicalized? Why is no one methodically and scientifically questioning the accusations and claims against legitimate businesses, allowed to be held up unchallenged as truth, by these dangerous and hateful ignorant groups? I'm not talking about bias media reports. Where are the uncolored by ideology proven facts?
# Ccolq'e Riman says :
June 25, 2011 [ 7:54 ]
Guesss Peru-N-English Blog needs to visit Puno and then ask his silly questions Add your comment
or visit any mine in peru, take a swim in the water downstreem of the mine.