Monday, August 08, 2005

Cuzco, Peru - After a brief truce, following at least one deadly shooting, anti-mining protesters are back at the blockades and are now accused of kidnapping three foreman from the British-run Rio Blanco copper project. The demonstrators are fighting to preserve their livelihood of growing coffee beans, which is endangered by environmental pollutants that come with a large mine. Investors and their allies in the Peruvian government and Catholic Church are trying to protect their $1.1 billion investment.