Peruvian Jungle Gold Miners Protest Leaves Three Dead

Peruvian protests against government plans to regulate small-scale mining left at least three dead and 50 wounded in the southern Amazon jungle today, the government said.

About 5,000 illegal gold miners threw stones at police who fired tear gas to clear roadblocks and reopen a highway to Brazil and the airport in the city of Puerto Maldonado, 1,700 kilometers (1,060 miles) southeast of Lima, in footage aired by Lima-based Canal N. Police arrested 61 protesters, Interior Minister Daniel Lozada told the station.

“We’re gaining control of the city and we won’t allow this to get out of control,” Lozada said. “We’ve identified the leaders, who will respond for all this trouble.”

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