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25 Oct 2019 | 12:21 PM UTC

Peru: Groups to protest mining project in Lima and Islay province October 26-29 /update 5

Peru News Alert

Community groups continue strike with protests against mining project October 26-29; transportation disruptions likely

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/25/2019, 12:00 AM until 10/30/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Lima). COUNTRY/REGION Lima

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Event

Following 100 days of indefinite strike, community members have set additional protests to oppose the Tia Maria mining project in Lima and across the Islay province, during which all activity will be halted from Saturday, October 26, through Tuesday, October 29. Although times and exact locations for protests were not announced, they can be expected across the region and in the capital, particularly at Plaza San Martin. The Cocachacra, Deán Valdivia, and Punta de Bombón districts and Arequipa city will be especially impacted.

A heightened security presence, along with significant traffic disruptions, are expected in the vicinity of all protest sites. Roadblocks cannot be ruled out.

Context

Residents of Arequipa and Islay provinces and workers nationwide have been holding strikes and demonstrations in protest of a government mining project since mid-July, expressing concerns for the mine's environmental impact. The protests have produced notable transportation disruptions, including road blockades.

Advice

Individuals in the Arequipa province, notably in Arequipa, are advised to monitor the situation, avoid any public demonstrations as a precaution, adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, and anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation and business disruptions.

 

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