Conga Conflict

Reporting on the conflict between the mega mining project Conga and the people of Cajamarca, Peru

Storyline of the Great National People`s March: “We are a river, not just drops of water”

The march began at the lagoons of Conga



And was prevented from arriving to the Laguna Azul by the DINOES (Special Unit of the National Police). The women of the march responded to the police agression by presenting green hearts with slogans such as `Social Justice` to the police officers, who refused to accept them.


The march then moved to the city of Trujillo and was met by supporters. However while continuing it`s peaceful march through the city it was met by more police repression and prevented once more from progressing.


Once again the marchers responded with their hearts.


(for more photos see hereand video here)

The march then arrived at the city of Chimote.


And finally, after the march was detained three times on the road by the police, it finally arrived to Lima, where the pronuncements of the Cumbre de los Pueblos, Cajamarca and the Cumbre de las Mujeres frente al cambio climàtico were presented to the organisers of the Cumbre de los Pueblos, Lima on 9th December.

That evening a Public Forum was held `In defense of our territories and the construction of `buen vivir` (Living Well) in Latin America` organized by the People’s Movement for Buen Vivir

Foro Público de la Defensa de nuestros territorios hacia la construccion del buen vivir en america latina organizado por el Movimiento de los Pueblos por el Buen Vivir



The following day on 10th December the march of the Guardians of the Lagoons joined the Great National People`s March which saw approximately 20,000 people marching in protest against the COP 20 and in celebration of the struggles against the capitalist system across Peru and across the planet.

Great National People`s March: “We are a river, not just drops of water”

Gran Marcha Nacional de los Pueblos: “Somos Un Rio No Solo Gotas”

10423907_1578447279054453_1627958812399758423_nThe emblematic cry of `Water yes, Gold no` was chanted throughout the march


Protesters carried flags depicted the two biggest struggles for the people of Celendin `Not Conga, nor Chadin`


The great social activist, ex-Congressman and producer of Lucha Indigena joined the march and helped carry the leading banner ´Somos un rio, no solo gotas`


Maxima Acuña Chaupe and her daughter-in-law join the march. The struggle of Maxima and her family is the struggle of us all as they fight to defend their land in the heart of Conga


The ecological flag, the largest in the world, was carried through the streets of Lima by the Guardians of the Lagoons



Celendin`s flags and banners fly over the Plaza San Martin


Milton Sanchez Cubas, Secretary General of the Plataforma Interinstitucional Celendina (PIC) and Coordinator of the Movement of the People for Buen Vivir speaks to the tens of thousands of protesters as they arrive to the Plaza. He calls for action, not just words, and unity of the struggles across Latin America.


Panorama of Plaza San Martin

Photos thanks to Gran Marcha Nacional de los Pueblos: “Somos Un Rio No Solo Gotas”, Cumbre de los Pueblos frente al Cambio Climático, DOCUMENTAL PERUANO, Milton Sanchez Cubas

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