Reporting on the conflict between the mega mining project Conga and the people of Cajamarca, Peru
At approximately 11:20 am today Máxima Acuña Chaupe contacted Celendin Libre to report once again harassment to her family who are being victimized by the Yanacocha mining company through the Special Operations Unit of the Nacional Police of Peru (DINOES) – which is contracted to provide security to the mining company.
Máxima reported that the DINOES, numbering 18 and heavily armed who came in 3 mining company trucks, have entered her property to prevent that they carry out their agricultural activities. The company claims that the land on which the Chaupe Acuña family lives is their property, and the police officers went to carry this message of prohibition to work in their fields. The family is facing a dispute with the all powerful Yanacocha which wants to take their land which the family have owned since 1994, and which is located in the heart of disputed Conga mining project, in front of the Laguna Azul (Blue Lagoon) that would become its toxic waste dump if the project goes ahead.
Maxima reported that police officers have come to notify them not to work but did not show any court order or any notice from a relevant authority, so this constitutes an arbitrary act and an abuse of authority by the National Police of Peru, acting on orders from Yanacocha.
Máxima and her family have been constantly threatened including having reported to be victims of death threats, she calls also on the Public Prosecutor of Celendín to prevent this kind of abuse which they have suffered.
The organisation Ulam has called for urgent action to prevent further violation of the rights of this family: click on the link and show your support