Southern Copper (SCCO) will have to wait a bit longer to build its Tia Maria mine near Cocachakra, Peru. The bloody protests this week have made it to the English press, and this Dow Jones report (reprinted on Fox Business) has some of the basics:
A total of three people died this week in the southern Peruvian province of Islay during clashes between police and protesters … A 22-year-old man was shot Monday during confrontations, while police confirmed Friday that two other protesters died Thursday, also shot by bullets or hit by objects of “unknown origin” … six-month government freeze on Tia Maria’s licensing evaluations … protesters continued to demand the project’s total withdrawal, blocking a local highway which police tried to clear Thursday, resulting in two more deaths and a total of about 50 injured … tear gas canisters discharged by a helicopter affecting families, children and the elderly … Human rights groups have criticized Peru’s methods of controlling public protests … Southern Copper … board will meet mid-April to discuss whether to continue with Tia Maria…
Government definitively cancels Tía María project
Through a resolution released by the Energy and Mines Ministry, the environmental impact study is ruled inadmissible
After 17 days of violent protests against the Tia Maria project by residents of Islay, Arequipa, the Energy and Mines Ministry (MEM) released today a resolution by which the environmental impact study (EIA) of the project was ruled inadmissable, which cancels it definitively …
Southern Peru Corp. must abstain from executing any mining activity foreseen as part of the Tia Maria project and in consequence must retire teams, machinery, consumables and provisional installations…
Upon learning of the news, the demonstrators have begun to clear the highways in a peaceful manner, correspondent Carlos Zanabria informs elcomercio.pe.
I don’t know if this mine is good or bad. Honestly, I know little about it. I don’t know if the locals are just being manipulated by outsiders or if they have legitimate grievances.
But Carlos Andres Taype, 22, could be asleep now, and in the morning he could wake up and walk out to the cabbage fields in the sweet-smelling dawn of that desert oasis. He won’t, because some minister decided to be stubborn and insist that the mine would go ahead, the better to attract foreign investment, my dear. Now the mine is on indefinite hold anyway, and Taype is dead of a bullet to the kidney. The same story goes for two other demonstrators who woke up Thursday and will never go to bed again.
So here’s what I do know: If people have to die to be heard, it’s a stretch to call Peru a democracy, no matter how many adults obey the law Sunday by casting presidential ballots.