Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Peru - Thousands of demonstrators clashed with riot police in the central Andes after the Peruvian government decided to waive a $141 million in tax owed by the Canadian based gold mining company Barrick Gold Inc. Protests occur frequently in mining regions were locals feel foreigners are stealing their natural resources and causing harm to the environment. Mining offers few jobs, but brings in 29% of the countries total tax revenues. Last year $138 million of that income was returned as a local royalty to the, otherwise poor and remote,mining areas. At least 18 protester were injured by police who used rubber bullets and teargas to break up the gathering.