LIMA (Reuters) – Peruvian lawmakers on Thursday harshly criticized President Ollanta Humala’s crackdown on protests against Newmont’s $5 billion Conga mine, as deadly violence prompted calls for him to shuffle his Cabinet.
A fifth protester died on Thursday after two days of clashes with police as left-wing leader Marco Arana, a soft-spoken former Roman Catholic priest who has rallied demonstrators to stop construction of the biggest mine in Peruvian history, was released from police custody a day after a video aired on local TV showed him being detained and beaten by police.
LIMA (Reuters) – Peru threatened to arrest pregnant women who marched on Tuesday against a $4.8 billion gold mine, prompting critics to ridicule the government over its latest heavy-handed tactic to quash anti-mining protests.
Ana Jara, Peru’s minister of women and vulnerable populations, said pregnant protesters would be putting their unborn babies at risk by going to a rally against the mine U.S.-based Newmont plans to build in the northern region of Cajamarca. She accused organizers of using pregnant women as shields to prevent police from breaking up protests now stretching into their 20th day.
LIMA, June 5 (Reuters) – Three legislators have quit
President Ollanta Humala’s Gana Peru party and more departures
are possible as his crackdown on anti-mining protests and drift
to the right erode his working majority in Congress.
The departing lawmakers on Tuesday accused Humala of
spurning traditional allies on the left, courting big business
and – most importantly – using force instead of mediation to
quell vexing social conflicts over the spoils of mineral wealth.
LIMA (Reuters) – Fallout from debt woes in Europe will pale in comparison to the meltdown of Lehman Brothers in 2008 and intense market volatility could force policymakers to agree on fixes faster, Peru’s central banker said on Thursday.
Strong and liquid Latin American banks have opportunistically responded to the turmoil by buying loan portfolios from their European peers at deep discounts, like in a “Persian bazaar,” Central Bank President Julio Velarde told the Reuters Latin America Investment Summit.
LIMA, May 30 (Reuters) – Peruvian police on Wednesday
arrested the mayor leading a protest against global miner
Xstrata, as President Ollanta Humala cracks down hard to end
conflicts over natural resources.
In an unusual display of force, dozens of riot police in
helmets and carrying plastic shields stormed the municipal
building in the town of Espinar in the mountainous southern
region of Cusco to pull Mayor Oscar Mollohuanca from his office.
LIMA (Reuters) – Peru’s expanding social programs will sharply cut extreme poverty, but will not be enough to promptly end debilitating social conflicts in provinces rich in natural resources, a Cabinet official said Tuesday.
Minister of Development and Social Inclusion Carolina Trivelli, who is building up a social safety net in rural areas long ignored by the state, said ensuring people have access to basic goods like food, healthcare and water will provide a baseline of relief before development and conflict resolution can occur.
LIMA, May 28 (Reuters) – Two people were killed and 50 were
injured in protests against Xstrata’s Peruvian copper mine
Tintaya on Monday, prompting the government to suspend freedom
of assembly in a bid to break roadblocks isolating the mine.
At least 30 of the injured were police and one judicial
official was detained by protesters in the mountainous southern
region of Cusco, officials said.
LIMA (Reuters) – Two people were killed and 50 were injured in protests against Xstrata’s Peruvian copper mine Tintaya on Monday, prompting the government to suspend freedom of assembly in a bid to break roadblocks isolating the mine.
At least 30 of the injured were police and one judicial official was detained by protesters in the mountainous southern region of Cusco, officials said.
LIMA (Reuters) – A lawsuit Peruvian President Ollanta Humala successfully fought in courts before being elected has been filed to the main human rights body in the Americas – potentially reopening a case that cost him politically in the past.
Documents reviewed by Reuters show that lawyers for a relative of two people who were disappeared in 1992, when Humala was an army officer battling Maoist guerrillas, have sent a claim against the Peruvian state to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.
LIMA (Reuters) – Oh, brother!
It’s apparently not enough that Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has to solve mining protests and figure out how to keep the Latin American country’s economy booming. Now his own highly eccentric family is adding more trouble with their antics.
One of his brothers was recently shown on television smoking pot in prison. Another brother told the media that Humala’s wife actually runs the country. And a third embarrassed him by negotiating gas deals with Russia without permission.