Peru’s Largest Copper Mine Antamina Closed off Due to Strike

Peru’s Largest Copper-Zinc Mine, Antamina, has suspended operations due to a strike organized by a rural community on Sunday.

The demonstrators, who positioned roadblocks where output was carried, claimed that the mine did not follow through on its commitments to support and fund local communities.

The Energy and Mines Ministry said the protest would only be lifted on Wednesday when Antamina would sign a formal agreement for talks.

Talks would resume on Friday with a visit by Antamina CEO Victor Gobitz, according to a copy of the agreement tweeted by the office of Peru’s prime minister.

Protesters are demanding compensation for the use of their land to transport the ore produced by Antamina, which is owned by BHP (33.75%), Glencore (33.75%), Teck Resources (22.75%), and Mitsubishi (10%).

The suspension of operations comes after two violent protests against two other mining companies in Ayacucho, southern Peru, where their camps were burned and looted on Thursday and Friday.

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