Peru’s national police reported on Thursday that a small group of Cajamarca residents have set up camp near the Conga mining project facilities, and are demanding the removal of mining equipment from the site.
The protestors, police said, have acted peacefully, local radio RPP reported.
According to community organizer Eladio Huaman, the demonstrators will remain in the areas next to the Misacocha, Azul, and el Perol lakes, taking 3-day shifts in order to protest the construction of reservoirs.
Protestors, Huaman said, are mainly from the Sorochuco, Huasmín, and el Tambo areas.
The Conga mine, owned by U.S. mining company Newmont and Peruvian mining company Buenavantura, was >> suspended last August, when Peruvian Prime Minister Juan Jimenez said the government was putting the mining project “on the back burner.”
If Conga were to go ahead it would see about .8 billion in investments, the largest single mine investment in the country’s history. However, the project ran into significant opposition in Cajamarca, which resulted in deadly protests in the region.
Following news of the project’s suspension, Regional President of Cajamarca Gregorio Santos, called on Newmont to >remove machinery and staff from the Conga site.
Peru’s national police reported on Thursday that a small group of Cajamarca residents are demanding the removal of mining equipment from the Conga site.