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WikiLeaks allegedly indicate political lobbying to remove priests and teachers in Peru's mine conflicted areas

Detained Peruvian protesters

1 February 2011

An article in the Guardian on 1 February 2011 entitled "UK Firm's partner wanted Peru to curb priests in mine-conflicted areas" concerned the political lobbying by international mining companies in Peru, as allegedly indicated by US cables leaked to Wikileaks. The article includes horrific and dreadful photographs of the injuries sustained by  members of indigenous Peruvian communities during an anti-mining protest at the Rio Blanco mining site in August 2005. The mining concession is owned by UK multinational Monterrico Metals Plc through its wholly-owned  Peruvian subsidiary.  
The Guardian article alleges that following the August 2005 incident at Rio Blanco,  a mining company part-owned by another UK multinational lobbied diplomats for the removal of teachers and priests away from areas where mining conflicts exist. One cable reported this company as seeking the “rotation” of such professionals in sensitive mining areas, linking them to a radical teachers’ union and left wing groups.
Leigh Day & Co is representing 32 protesters in compensation claims brought in the English High Court against Monterrico. The Claimants essentially allege that Monterrico was complicit in their torture and mistreatment by the Peruvian police. In 2009, in order to protect the interests of the Claimants, the English and Hong Kong High Courts granted them freezing injunctions over approximately £5 million of Monterrico's assets. The case is scheduled for a 10 week trial commencing this October. Monterrico strongly denies any role in or responsibility for the Claimants' mistreatment and torture. 

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