Police enter Las Bambas copper mine to clear protestors

April 27, 2022

On April 27, Peruvian police entered the Las Bambas copper mine in an attempt to evict an indigenous community that has established a camp near the openpit forcing it to halt operations, a community leader and government official said.

Reuters reported that members of the indigenous Fuerabamba community entered the mine on April 14 demanding what they say is their ancestral lands. The mine halted production a week later.

The Peruvian government declared a state of emergency near MMG’s Las Bambas copper mine, where production was halted for a week due to indigenous communities camped inside.

The state of emergency suspends civil liberties such as the right to assembly and protest. Reuters reported on Tuesday that Las Bambas was weighing attempting to evict protesters on Wednesday.

Las Bambas, owned by China's MMG Ltd, supplies 2 percent of global copper.

The Fuerabamba community was resettled around a decade ago to make way for Las Bambas, one of the word's largest copper mines. The mine has battled against repeated protests and road blockades that have at times forced it to halt production.

Getting production started again at Las Bambas would add to global supply, potentially dampening prices, though the mine has faced recurring disruptions from impoverished local communities demanding higher financial contributions from the mine.



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