Reporting on the conflict between the mega mining project Conga and the people of Cajamarca, Peru
Milton Sanchez Cubas, President of the Plataforma Interinstitucional Celendina (PIC) has called for the government and Yanacocha to make a statement about the supposed suspension of the Conga mining project.
An article in La Republica has just been published stating that the mega mining project has been indefinitely suspended and hundreds of workers have been laid off.
However this has not been verified by the government nor the mining company and there has been calls for caution in case this is a strategy of the mining company to lessen the force of the mass movement that is planned for June 17th – when thousands plan to march to the Perol Lagoon to protect it from destruction.
Conga indefinitely suspended operations and laid off workers
Sunday, June 9, 2013 | 7:35 pm
Edy Benavides asked President Ollanta Humala to formalize the definitive suspension of the Conga mining project.
The Conga mining project suspended operations and laid off hundreds of workers, who were given the surprise that they could not enter their workplace because their fotochecks are invalidated.
Well informed sources from Yanacocha confirmed to The Republic that indeed there was a mass dismissal of workers and engineering work performed in Conga has been suspended indefinitely, shattering the construction of the reservoir Perol, which was expected start just as the first one in the lagoon Chailluagón finishes.
“They keep the invitation letters for retirement, but at some point you get into camp and at Huandoy the fotocheck is denied,” confessed one of the miners briefly.
The company has not commented officially about it and will not do, because it would be admitting that the project has failed, gently shielded a Yanacocha official, who asked not to transcend the event.
In this regard, President of the Front for the Defence of the Interests, Rights and Environmental of Hualgayoc-Bambamarca, Edy Benavides, said that this was coming because in practice they will never mine Conga, and suggested that the President of the Republic, Ollanta Humala, formalize the definitive suspension, because otherwise he will be responsible for what might happen when on 17th June thousands of peasants will go up to the lagoons to guard against anyone touching them.
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