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    Peruvians protest mining project

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    A controversial multi-billion dollar mining project in Peru has been given the go-ahead despite protests by indigenous people. Despite President Ollanta Humala promised that it would meet the demands of residents in the Cajamarca area, many have been on strike for 3 weeks -- calling for the government to realise that building a mine in their indigenous land will destroy four lakes and could damage their water supply. The proposed mine is clearly not popular locally, but with the industry providing more than 60 per cent of Peru's export income, a decision to stop the Conga development could cost the country dearly Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports.