Six killed in Peru miners strike clashes

Six people were killed on April 5 when police attacked a roadblock set up by miners on a wildcat strike.

Submitted by Steven. on April 12, 2010

Officials claimed that the workers were protesting at the government’s push to impose environmental controls on them, although one observer commented that it was more likely that the government was motivated by financial interests than saving the planet.

Reuters reported that violence broke out on Sunday in the southern province of Arequipa, injuring 20 protesters and nine police near Chala, 600km (372 miles) south of the capital, Lima.

Two of the dead were bystanders, including a taxi driver struck by a stray bullet and a woman who suffered a heart attack.