Target: Paola Suarez Bustamante, Minister of Social Inclusion and Development in Peru
Goal: Prevent mining project from causing further damage to indigenous communities.
The multinational corporation MMG Limited is planning to invest 10 billion dollars into mining Las Bambas, one of the biggest copper mines in Peru. Community leaders in Apurimac, Peru, where Las Bambas is located, are planning to strike against the project, criticizing it for interfering with local agriculture and livelihood. The people of Apurimac have called for a public dialogue with the Peruvian government to find a solution but have repeatedly been ignored.
The mine, which promised to bring development and prosperity to the region, has continued to pollute the valleys and destroy arable land. With the new investment of 10 billion dollars, the company hopes to be mining 450,000 more tons of copper each year. Native groups have held multiple strikes since the project began, including one hunger strike in the country’s capital, Lima, that resulted in the death of four protesters. At that time, the Peruvian government declared a state of emergency, called in the armed forces, and halted all commercial activities.
Last month, the Peruvian government decided a meeting should be held wherein public concerns about project Las Bambas could be voiced. Of the 47 community leaders attempting to attend the meeting, only seven were allowed to speak. This dismissive attitude the Peruvian government has continued to embrace has prompted another strike from local activists announced to begin on May 27.
This far, 47 indigenous farming communities in Apurimac have been affected by the mining site. These groups will need global solidarity to prevent the further destruction of their land and culture. Both MMG Limited and the Peruvian government have been ignoring the needs of local populations to ensure their own gain. By signing the petition below, you will be supporting the protesters and demanding the Peruvian government interferes with project Las Bambas.
Dear Minister Bustamante,
The mining operation at Las Bambas controlled by MMG Limited has already destroyed land for 47 farming communities in Apurimac, Peru. The effects of the project have devastated native people in the region, disrupting local economies by halting production and damaging land viable for agriculture. Although these groups have held public demonstrations resisting further development in project Las Bambas until the communities’ voices are heard, the Peruvian government has continued to dismiss the people’s concerns.
In September of last year, four individuals sacrificed their lives in a hunger strike against MMG Limited’s efforts to increase the amount of copper mined annually. Local people have made repeated attempts to include themselves in the political processes surrounding the mine, but the Peruvian government have denied them full access to the operation. I demand your government increase efforts to prevent destruction caused Las Bambas by including the voices of more local community leaders and authorities in the project.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: El Comercio / Lina Chipana