Two dead and four injured during clash over mining project in Cajamarca

Two people – including an 18-month old child – died Tuesday when a clash erupted over a planned but unwanted mining project in the northern highland town of Vista Alegre, located in the southern department of Arequipa, reported daily Peru21.

Around noon on Tuesday, various Vista Alegre residents opposed to the mining project and who had previously threatened to burn the firm’s equipment entered a building where Consolidada de Hualgayoc Mining Co. representatives and police were having lunch. A violent confrontation broke out, leaving two dead.

José Mori Hoyos, 19, and an 18-month old child were shot dead, and four other people injured, reported daily Peru21.

According to local residents, the mining project – which they have opposed since 2006 – will negatively affect small-scale agriculture in the area, and generate considerable damage to the environment.

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