Laguna Nera

Posted by CommunityChannelTV

14 February 2014, 10:52

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In 2003, a British mining company began exploration work on an open-cast mine near Huancabama, Northern Peru. The mine divided the local community – luring some to support the project with promises of financial reward but leaving many fearing the destruction of their way of life.

Years of broken promises about schools and health care passed before the farmers decided to rebel. In 2005, 15,000 members of the community rallied together to march towards the mine but their protest was short lived when the government began to open fire and kidnapped 30 farmers.

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