Police, protesters clash over Newmont’s Peru mine


LIMA, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Police clashed with protesters
opposed to Newmont Mining’s $4.8 billion Conga project
on Tuesday as President Ollanta Humala struggles to end an
increasingly bitter environmental dispute.
Authorities said two dozen people were injured by rubber
bullets and tear gas police fired to break up two protests
against the U.S. company’s proposed gold mine, which would be
the biggest mining investment in Peruvian history.
The local airport in the Andean region of Cajamarca also
was shut as a precaution when marches and roadblocks entered
their sixth straight day and vandals tried to damage the
company’s property.

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