Peru: Protests Against Mining in Videos, Part II

As indicated in the first post of this two-part series, recent protests against the environmental damage caused by mining in Peru have sparked plenty of audiovisual material, with both campaigns to raise awareness, and citizen videos of protests, repression and more. This second part shows what citizens, journalists and organizations in the area have been uploading to the Internet.

The following video from the YouTube account of the Cajamarca Regional Government shows some of the people opposed to mining with Gregorio Santos, Regional President of Cajamarca, at Lake El Perol, one of the lakes that would be affected by the Conga mining project.

It is important to point out that for several days thousands of protesters stayed [es] at that location, camping in defense of the lakes, in a sort of ‘Occupy‘ Cajamarca.

The next video, by RENAMA (Regional Management of Natural Resources and Environmental Management) Cajamarca, shows Yanacocha gold mine workers at their jobs and later gathering at the shore of lake El Perol. It includes a declaration by one of the workers which was apparently recorded in secret.

The ‘Movimiento de Afirmación Social’ (MAS) uploaded this video of one of the many protests that have been taking place in Cajamarca. This one was held on November 9, 2011:

This video from November 28, the fifth day of the indefinite strike in defense of water, was recorded in Cajamarca's main square.

The following video, also by RENAMA Cajamarca, is a compilation of photos of the protests:

But not everything has been as colorful or quiet. This video shows a wounded man, and then police and protesters in the hills near the premises of Yanacocha gold mine:

This one, by Karlos Peralta, seems to be a continuation of the previous video:

This video, by the Yanacocha company, shows a group of protesters in what the mining company describes as, “the cowardly attack on Yanacocha – Conga project officials and property. About 250 villagers are seen riding horses aggressively.”

A video from November 30, shows people, who were wounded in a confrontation during a protest, arriving at a clinic. We then hear the declarations of a protester and a policeman, both wounded:

The following video calls for peace in Cajamarca:

This final video, by Dimas Soria, is a call, apparently made from a public Internet booth in Lima, “to human rights activists, and environmentalists worldwide. Peru and Cajamarca need you urgently. The Yanacocha company wants to continue polluting lakes and rivers; the people said ‘no’ to the Conga project and the Peruvian government sent troops to suppress the people of Cajamarca, [leaving some of them] severely injured –and the world doesn't know. “

Post originally published on Juan Arellano's personal blog, on December 10, 2011 [es].


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