In Azángaro province in Puno, communities along the Ramis river, are protesting about the alleged contamination caused by mining projects in the area. They threaten an indefinite strike if their complaints are not dealt with. For more detail, see here.

At the other end of the country, in Piura, people from the communities of Ayabaca initiated strike action on 12 June in protest at the go-ahead for mining at Rio Blanco. Rio Blanco Copper have announced their intention to begin development of the mine in 2020. Locals threaten to maintain their campaign until such time that the company withdraws from the region.

Rio Blanco, owned by the Chinese company Zijin, has been at the centre of controversy ever since the British junior Monterrico Metals first identified the project at the beginning of the new millennium. The Peru Support Group was instrumental at the time in bringing this scheme to public attention. In 2007, communities in the vicinity voted down the proposal in a local referendum.