The community leader announces the intensification of protests against mine in southern Peru


LIMA (Sputnik) – Citizen protests against the Tia Maria mining megaproject, located in the Peruvian city of Arequipa (south), will be radicalized since November 11, going from a partial strike to a total strike in the surrounding area of ​​the Tambo Valley, community leader Miguel Meza told Sputnik.

"On Monday (November 11) and Tuesday (November 12) the strike will be radicalized with the support of other provinces such as La Joya, Melgar and Majes, now in the Tambo Valley we are doing a half-day strike, but from Monday (November 11) it will be total, 24 hours, "said the leader.

The Tambo Valley is located in the Arequipa province of Islay, and is close to the copper deposit.
On October 30, the Executive restored the construction license of the project to the Mexican company Southern Peru Copper, which aggravated the protests of the inhabitants of the Tambo Valley.

This agricultural community denounces that the mine will cause pollution in the soils and waters of the valley.

On October 30, Peruvian Prime Minister Vicente Zeballos said that the Government will condition the execution of the mining megaproject to the existence of environmental and social factors that make it viable.

Meza announces that the protests will intensify because the Executive is not dialoguing with the population as promised.

"We have not received any communication, the Government is not talking, only the prefect of Arequipa (to the valley area) said that the president (Martin Vizcarra) wants to install a monitoring commission to not let Aunt Maria move forward and that does not we have taken it into consideration, "said the leader.
On November 7, the Regional Government of Arequipa announced that it will prosecute the General Mining Directorate (DGM) and the National Mining Council (CNM), offices of the Ministry of Energy and Mines.
The Regional Government maintains that the granting of the license, made by the DGM, and the restitution of that permit, made by the CNM, were executed irregularly, lacking due process and violating environmental protection measures.

Meza indicates that the population of the Tambo Valley will meet on November 11 to analyze, together with the Regional Government, the "legal strategies" to carry out the lawsuits against the state agencies.

Tia Maria is one of the most important mining projects in Peru, with an investment estimated at 1.4 billion dollars.

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