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Peru region declares state of emergency after protests

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Latest update : 2012-05-29

Peru's government declared a 30-day state of emergency in the area around the town of Cusco, where authorities say two people were killed Monday in anti-mining demonstrations. It has also been reported that protesters have taken a hostage.

AP - Peru’s government has declared a 30-day state of emergency in a highlands province where authorities say two people were killed in anti-mining demonstrations and protesters took a prosecutor hostage.

Interior Minister Wilver Calle said in a news conference that 30 police officers were injured Monday in clashes with protesters near Cuzco. The protesters claim the Tinaya copper mine owned by Swiss-based Xstrata plc is contaminating local water sources.

Calle said 46 police officers had been hurt the previous day.

He said protesters pummeled police with rocks in Espinar province where the emergency was declared and that two people were killed on Monday.

The chief prosecutor’s office said via Twitter that protesters had taken a prosecutor hostage and set fire to a government vehicle.

Xstrata is the world’s fourth-largest copper producer.

Date created : 2012-05-29

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