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Mayor Of San Ignacio Attacked

Published by MAC on 2007-08-16
Source: Radiomundoreal

Mayor of San Ignacio Attacked

16th August 2007

The National Confederation of Communities Affected by Mining (CONACAMI) has denounced last Tuesday's attack against the Mayor of San Ignacio province, in Cajamarca department, which was related to his opposition to the Majaz company's Rio Blanco mining project.

Mayor Carlos Martinez Solano declared that he was shot while traveling in his car, and held "at least six people" responsable for the attack.

CONACAMI expressed its support for the Mayor, who is a member of the Front for Sustainable Development of the Northern Border, which is one of the organizations that opposes the activities of Majaz (a branch of British corporation Monterrico Metals).*

The Mayor told the media that the attack "will not affect the campaign for the referendum" to be held next September 16th. The referendum will decide the continuity of the mining project.

* Editorial note: Monterrico Metals' controlling shareholder is the Chinese company, Zijin Mining.

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