Columbans support opposition to a new gold mine in Peru

12th July 2012 - by Ellen Teague

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The Columbans have written to the Peruvian ambassdor in London to protest the ill treatment of a human rights and environmental activist who opposes the proposed Conga gold mine.

 

Fr. Marco Arana Zegarra  was brutally beaten by riot police on Wednesday 4 July as he sat on a bench in Cajamarca town square in a silent vigil. He was then arrested without a warrant of arrest. What happened can be viewed on youtube (in Spanish) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bw8FCelp8w&feature=youtu.be ). The full text of the letter is available below.

  LetterPeruEmbassy10July12ExcellencyJulioMunos.pdf (153.0 KiB, 904 hits)