More Violence Surrounding the Rio Blanco Mine Project
31 January 2010
On December 2nd 2009, a violent confrontation between local residents and police occurred in a town close to the Río Blanco mine project, in the province of Huancabamba (Piura). During the confrontation two residents died allegedly from police action. The circumstances of the tragedy are still unclear, although authorities have stated that police officials were ambushed and fired in self defence as they tried to detain suspects supposedly involved in an attack on the Río Blanco mine camp at the beginning of November. During this latter incident, three people are known to have died, two mine site security guards and the mine site manager.