Peru: State Of Emergency In Apurimac After Protests And Victims
More soldiers and freedom for police in carrying out searches and arrests: this was the response of the government of President Ollanta Humala in declaring a state of emergency after the farmers protests against a copper mine run by a Chinese firm in the central-southern Apurimac region.
The emergency measures will remain in force for a month and will be able to be extended, as occurred this year in Arequipa, another area hit by social unrest.
The new decree was adopted after the police on Monday opened fire killing four farmers who had entered the Las Bamba mine property. The local farmers are protesting against the risk of mining activities polluting cropland and water sources.