Peru police, protesters clash over Newmont mine; 2 dead

By REUTERS
July 4, 2012 02:13

LIMA - Two people were killed and 21 were injured on Tuesday as Peruvian police clashed with protesters opposed to a $5 billion gold mine planned by Newmont Mining , a health official in the northern region of Cajamarca said.

The official, Reynaldo Nunez Campos, said most of the victims were being treated in the city of Cajamarca and the town of Celendin where the clashes occurred, near where the massive mine would be built.

"There are two dead in Celendin," he said on RPP radio.

President Ollanta Humala's interior ministry said earlier that two police officers had been injured by guns carried by protesters. It was not immediately clear if the dead were police officers.


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