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Peru May Impose Emergency If Mine Protests Resume, Comercio Says

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Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Peru’s government may declare a state of emergency in the northern Andes if protests resume against Newmont Mining Corp.’s $4.8 billion Minas Conga gold project, daily El Comercio reported.

Opponents of the project, which was suspended last month after weeks of protests, plan marches in the highland region of Cajamarca Jan. 2 and 3, the Lima-based newspaper said, citing Cabinet Chief Oscar Valdes.

The government will take legal action against protest leader Gregorio Santos, head of Cajamarca’s regional government, for barring all industrial activity in the area around Newmont’s project, El Comercio cited Valdes as saying.

This week, local officials excluding Santos accepted an international review of the mine’s environmental impact study, according to the newspaper.

To contact the reporter on this story: Alex Emery in Lima at aemery1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Joshua Goodman at jgoodman19@bloomberg.net.

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