Archive for May, 2012

Police Detain Mayor Involved In Xstrata Mine Protests

Police Detain Mayor Involved In Xstrata Mine Protests

The mayor of Espinar, the Andean province in southern Peru entangled in violent protests, was detained by police Wednesday for his role in the protests against the Tintaya copper mine owned by multinational company Xstrata. At least a dozen police officers, wearing protective gear and carrying truncheons, rushed the government building in Espinar […]

Peru Poverty Rate Falls 3 Percent In 2011

Peru’s overall poverty rate declined three percentage points over the past year thanks to the country’s strong economic growth, according to government figures released Wednesday. The National Statistics and Information Bureau, INEI, said the national poverty rate in 2011 was 27.8 percent, down from 30.8 percent in 2010. Peru’s gross domestic product […]

Castilla Says Govt Working On Economic Growth With Social Peace

Castilla Says Govt Working On Economic Growth With Social Peace

Economy and Finance Minister Luis Miguel Castilla said Tuesday that the government is working to maintain economic growth while establishing social peace in Peru, state news agency Andina reported. The comments come as a string of anti-mining protests in the Andean nation have led to several deaths over the past several […]

One Soldier Injured In New Attack By Shining Path

One soldier and a young schoolgirl were injured on Tuesday when the military was attacked by Shining Path sharpshooters in Peru’s southern Cusco region, daily El Comercio reported. The attack occurred around 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the village of Kepashiato, in the northern province of La Convencion. Remnants of […]