Peru: dozens injured during protest against copper mining project

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By Euronews
Peru: dozens injured during protest against copper mining project

<p>More than 30 people, many of them police officers, have been injured in clashes in southern Peru. </p> <p>Violence broke out in the city of Arequipa, during a protest against plans for copper mining. </p> <p>Farmers fear Southern Copper Corp’s Tia Maria project will contaminate their land and crops. </p> <p>Police fired tear gas in an effort to disperse the crowds, while protesters hurled rocks at riot police.</p> <p>Tia Maria has faced delays since 2011, when rallies by farmers left three dead. Three people have also been killed in renewed protests this year, just ahead of construction.</p>