Mining protests left one person dead and seven injured Wednesday, in the province of Huaraz in Ancash.
The death and injuries occurred when local residents clashed with police forces, during protests outside Barrick’s Pierina gold mine.
According to El Comercio 54-year old Demetrio Poma Rosales died from a fatal wound to the head, after being struck by a rock.
The daily said protestors demanded water supplies for nearby towns.
However, Gonzalo Quijandria Barrick’s head of corporate affairs, said the firm had built a water treatment plant to supply water for the area, “but this water has not been accepted by the community.”
Since President Ollanta Humala took office in July of 2011, 16 civilians have died during mining related protests.
The number of fatalities has even attracted attention from international organizations.
>On Thursday Human Rights Watch published >a letter to President Ollanta Humala, raising concerns over excessive force at the hands of the country’s security forces.
Since President Ollanta Humala took office in July of 2011, 16 people have died during mining related protests.