Lima, Peru | Friday, May 24, 2013 02:41 am | | |
|Six people have been killed today in the violent clash between protesters and police members in Juliaca, Puno. (Photo: El Comercio)|
# RICO says :
June 25, 2011 [ 7:47 ]
I believe that foreign investors and elected officials must take notice; these interested domestic and foreign groups should demand that the local government provide for its people what is much needed, whatever it may be. It is their responsibility to see that the local community needs are met. In order for one to take, one must give back, it is obvious that investors are only involved because of potential gain; however the investor also has the responsibility to demand the local government provide for its people from the rental benefits. The joint response from both participants the investor and local governments is to work hand in hand to prevent the reaction of the people due to leadership complacency. How can a company that has invested much and plans to invest so much more of indicated incredible amounts act surprised, especially when the local communities lack schools, medical posts, housing and the necessary infrastructure. The results are quite grave, investors and governments behave in a reactionary way instead of being proactive…well, this inaction can be a great lesson to all, the people have spoken demanding “Social Inclusion.” The inevitable result, that was way overdue.
# Jim D says :
June 25, 2011 [ 9:17 ]
Airport and police station burning, thugs taking to the streets, a government seemingly powerless and incompetent, unable to control the lunatics.....unfortunately, mob rule as usual in Peru. With the new dictator coming into power, and the government caving into the demands of these mobs, watch foreign investment dry up. Investors don't want to put billions into an out of control country.
The new mayor of Lima is a joke and doing nothing. Crime is up in Lima and chaos will return with the new president and this mayor. Peru is ready to sink and fall apart.
# daved says :
June 25, 2011 [ 11:19 ]
when you bow down to radicals you open the door for more of this type of thing, rather this mine is or could be a environmental issue or not, violence is not the way to solve problems,,,
# AlexC says :
June 25, 2011 [ 12:59 ]
Make no mistake, this is a bad development. According to all reports, the company was doing everything by the book - an exemplary of how things should be done, as opposed to what the Aymaras really want to do - a free reign on illegal mining (the one that is the true pollutant and where no taxes are paid), illegal logging, and free flow of contraband goods across the border. Those who think that these are legitimate concerns of an indigenous community should get better acquainted with what has been happening in that area and the various illegal activities, political manipulation, and outside agitation that is going on there. The argument 'the mine will pollute our water' is an old one and quite frankly there's no shred of proof in this case. You can use this argument with any mining/exploration project anywhere in the world. Such arguments are more and more just manipulative, hoping to gain support of all those who knows NOTHING about the area.
This decision shows (like in the case of Tia Maria) that as long as somebody dies (which is exactly what the agitators/leaders of the protests are hoping for (it sounds cynical, but appears more and more like the case), the government will back off and revoke any legitimate rights and permits. This could lead to a collapse of investment and the entire industry in Peru and, sorry to say that, to a complete reversal of the countries fortunes that have been lately going so well.
# Peru-N-English Blog says :
June 25, 2011 [ 17:26 ]
Can we now call this what it is? Because it's not about the environment. It's about extortion, corruption and theft of Bear Creek Mining's legal rights to the Puno Santa Ana project area. Achieved through mob rule and terrorist actions.
"There are dark political interests here that are demanding power," Garcia told reporters. "What they are trying to do is pressure the next government of Ollanta Humala by issuing threats and forcefully demonstrating," Garcia said without providing further details.
Some 5,000 protesters, mostly Aymara Indians, have descended on Puno over the past few weeks to demand concessions be revoked for all mining companies, not just Bear Creek's Santa Ana project, ostensibly over concerns about potential pollution.
Magazine Caretas reported this week, however, that wildcat miners are interested in Bear Creek's concession and are working alongside protesters. Locals think the land has valuable gold deposits in addition to silver.
Often times they (the Puno terrorists) also demand direct economic benefits from mining and oil projects.
Isn't that how criminal territorial monopolies and protection money has always worked? Is this the corruption President-elect Ollanta Humala has sworn to stop? I think Alan Garcia is rightfully washing his of this and just passing the baton, because this isn't over. Bear Creek has in vested nearly $100 million. And notoriously environmentally unfriendly wildcat miners want to take it away. This really sinks bad.
# Vivienne says :
June 25, 2011 [ 18:39 ]
There is no accountability in Peru. It's just a corrupt regime. If protesters and activists demonstrate about miners poisoning their rivers and the polluting the environment, they are called "terrorists". Incredible with a "robust economy" there are so many people living in abject poverty - like the dark ages- with no electricity, heating, schools or infrastructure. They are dismissed as ignorant! Foreign mining companies should not be allowed to take over the land of the indigenous peoples. There are no human rights in Peru - a land of cruelty, corruption and dark secrets.
# Herve says :
June 26, 2011 [ 20:05 ]
@Vivienne. I invit you to read this article from Associated Press about the sad but true reality about illegal mining in Peru. You will see that the guilty are not necessaraly the ones you might think about.
# Dr X says :
June 27, 2011 [ 5:51 ]
Hey if there was someone digging up my backyard and I wasn't getting paid a cent for it there will most certainly be commotion arising!
At the very least Pres Garcia should stop by Puno and apologize for the violance and brutality enforced by officials. All this opression by govt officials is getting out of hand. Hopefully Humalas presidency will end all this.
# mericorps says :
June 27, 2011 [ 12:26 ]
Like many here, I sympathize with the Punenos for wanting to keep out the mine.
However, the ones that choose to become a violent mob I label as ignorant and used. Even in corrupt Peru, there are ways to stand your ground without killing people, and halting work to tens of thousands of poor people by halting the tourist trade. Puno, more than any other region, has done a good job of putting many of the tourist dollars in the hands of the locals, and now that is lost.
# Peru-N-English Blog says :
June 27, 2011 [ 18:43 ]
Dr X, According to the mine ministry, Puno receives 700 million soles ($250 million) annually from the government, of which about 40% is from mining royalties.
The canceling of the Santa Ana mine could cost Puno some 25 million soles ($9 million) in royalties, Gala said.
# Rose Mary says :
June 30, 2011 [ 15:30 ]
I understand that people are sick of being pushed around, there rivers polluted and their land taken. But if all the rules are correctly written and adhered to, if ecological damage is minimal because the mining company has to clean up after itself, if all taxes are paid, there should be no reason for objections.Add your comment
It seems as though outgoing governments are trying their best to make countries as ungovernable as possible for the incoming group. Something similar seems to be happening in Spain.