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Anti-mining clashes claim five lives in Peru

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Anti-mining clashes claim five lives in Peru


In Peru violent demonstrations have claimed the lives of at least five people. It happened in the south of the country as about a thousand protesters broke down the perimeter fence at the airport at Juliaca.

Their anger is over a mining contract given to a Canadian corporation which raised concerns about contamination of the local drinking water.

The government has since cancelled the project.

Protests have become common in Peru as an economic boom has failed to lift a third of Peruvians out of poverty. Many conflicts have been between locals and foreign mining and oil companies.

Peru’s human rights agency says more than ninety have died in social conflicts in the last three and a half years.

Leftist President-elect Ollanta Humala has pledged to do more to fight poverty. He takes up office in late July. The former army officer will have to act quickly, say experts to meet the expectations of the rural poor.

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