06 March 2012

PERU: 5,000 Protest Mining Sanctions In Puerto Maldonado.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5jbsfcUNTVDpoBw8H7DyYZAR3DcpA?docId=CNG.7ce214ed2bf910d9d222c782a5fc5c3e.b21


     Some 5,000 demonstrators put up roadblocks in Puerto Maldonado...demanding repeal of a law against illegal gold mining.
     Illegal miners would face 4 to 10 years in prison.
    Protesters claim the new law requiring permits will put them out of work.
    The government wants to reduce rampant mercury pollution...and Amazon destruction from illegal miners.