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6 killed during protest by miners in Peru

6 killed during protest by miners in Peru

Clashes in Peru between police and protesting miners have left six miners dead.
Peruvian authorities say the clashes broke out as police confronted thousands of miners blocking the main highway in the southern region of Arequipa.
District official Luisa Llerena said six miners were shot and killed. She also said one 87-year-old woman on a stranded bus died of a heart attack.
The authorities said 30 people were detained during Sunday's protest.
Independent miners are protesting new rules aimed at restricting gold mining and protecting the environment in the remote forests of southeastern Peru.
Prime Minister Javier Valasquez accused some Russian and Brazilian gold dealers of paying the protesters, though he did not identify them.


Updated : 2021-01-18 18:47 GMT+08:00