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PERU: Property Destruction and Intimidation of Peasant Family by Yanacocha Mining Company

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Cajamarca, Peru – 6th February 2015

Pronouncement of the People's Summit (Cumbre de los Pueblos Cajamarca). Celendín, October 25th 2014

On October 25th 2014, urban, rural, peasant and indigenous community members, leaders, activists and authorities from different parts of Peru gathered in Celendín, Cajamarca region, and agreed upon a powerful pronouncement with important claims and announcements the Peruvian state and the international community, and particularly to the COP20 Climate Summit and the alternative People's Summit in Lima.



Mining in Paradise?: the results

You or your organisation has perhaps signed CATAPA's no-go zones for mining-petition. Thank you very much for this. You supported the farmers and environmental organisations of four provinces in North-Peru, which try to prevent mining activities in their area. Because of the fact that mining companies harm human rights, cross local development plans and threaten the most bio-diverse area in the world, the tropical Andes, as this may cause irreparable damage. Below you find an extensive list of achievements of our campaign.

Cerro de Pasco: Red lakes, piles of grinded stone and a deep, deep pit!

Lima – Cerro de Pasco, seven hours by bus. Some 300km separate heaven and hell. The contrast between trendy restaurants and bars in Lima and the gloomy town of Cerro de Pasco cannot be bigger.

The road to Pasco extends form sea level over a pass of 4800m and winds up the high plateau. We pass hundreds of heavy loaded trucks that crawl up the mountain. A splendid green mountain landscape passes by. In between the mountain tops large empty orange spots are visible. These deep scars, in this largely undisturbed landscape appear to be mining projects. While passing another truck, we suddenly have to brake because we face another truck that just came round the corner. Later at some 4000m height, a sterile valley is unveiled from the grey fog. A mountain, halve excavated shows beautiful colors from its interior: yellow to orange. The huge project of Morococha is at our feet and forms a forerunner from what we would see next in Cerro de Pasco.

We drive under a sign ‘Welcome in Cerro de Pasco, capital of mining in Peru’. Another 200m further the town is suddenly at our feet. A divided town with in the middle a deep wide pit (1 km wide, 500m deep), the result of 55 years of excavations. A quest for metal for which everything had to move. The culmination of a capitalistic system that puts economic profits in front of everything. This was something we only found out later, when the impact of the Volcan company (the Peruvian company that acquired the mine in 1999) became clear to us. 

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