American startup EnergyX and Argentine energy firm Tecpetrol have been disqualified from a race to mine Bolivian lithium, the government said, as the country aims to tap its vast resources in partnership with one or more foreign companies.
Two fires broke out at key copper projects in Peru, sources told Reuters, hitting MMG Ltd's Las Bambas copper mine and Southern Copper Corp's planned Los Chancas project, amid escalating local protests.
On Bolivia's Salar de Uyuni, a vast white salt flat that feels almost otherworldly, Karina Quispe is watching from the sidelines a global resource race for the world's largest - and almost untapped - trove of battery metal lithium.
The community of Fuerabamba in the Andean region of Peru was resettled eight years ago to make way for a giant Chinese-owned copper mine, in a $1.2 billion scheme billed as a model solution to protests dogging the South American nation's mining sector.
At least one protesting indigenous community on Friday continued to occupy MMG's Las Bambas copper mine in Peru as operations remained halted, the company and two community sources said, despite police operations to evict them.
Peruvian lawmakers from the ruling Peru Libre party on Thursday presented a bill to cut President Pedro Castillo's presidential term from five to two years, with general elections set for 2023, an unprecedented setback from within his own ranks.
Peruvian police said on Wednesday they had evicted an indigenous community that set up a camp inside a huge open pit owned by MMG's Las Bambas copper mine, that had forced the Chinese-owned company to halt operations.
Chinese-owned MMG Ltd's huge Las Bambas copper mine in Peru is considering a plan to evict indigenous communities that have camped on the property and forced a production halt, according to an executive and a document seen by Reuters.
Peru's leftist President Pedro Castillo has signaled a tougher stance on protests against mining companies that are roiling the Andean nation, the world's second largest copper producer, mobilizing the army in a sharp tactical shift from a previous conciliatory approach.
Marcelo Gonzales is tired and angry about rapidly increasing living costs in his dusty village on Peru's desert coast, where food and fuel inflation inflamed by the war in Ukraine has ignited protests that threaten to destabilize the government.
Peruvian authorities said on Wednesday that a fifth person has died in recent anti-government protests sparked by rising fuel prices, a sign of how the global energy crunch linked to the war in Ukraine is stoking unrest in countries around the world.
Peruvian President Pedro Castillo on Tuesday afternoon lifted a curfew order following widespread defiance on the streets, as protests spiraled against rising fuel and fertilizer prices triggered by the Ukraine conflict.
Peru's prime minister said on Tuesday that a mandatory lockdown in Lima aimed to curb violent protests over surging fuel and fertilizer prices could also be put in place in the interior of the country if unrest does not stop.
A community in the Peruvian Andes has blocked a key transport road used by MMG's Las Bambas copper mine, a source close to the Chinese company said on Wednesday, in what is at least the third blockade to affect the firm this year.
A Peruvian community said on social media on Sunday that it will restart a road blockade against MMG's Las Bambas mine, even as a second community agreed to a 45-day truce in its blockade.
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