SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): Glencore halted operations at Antapaccay copper mine in Peru, following a fire at the nearby worker housing area, which has been allegedly started by protestors.
According to media statement published by the company, the attack on the mine and nearby worker housing area have endangered the safety of its employees. It urged the government authorities to take immediate action to safeguard people’s integrity and private property rights.
Glencore noted that a group of protestors arrived at the mine site Friday noon and demanded that all mine operations should be stopped with immediate effect. Furthermore, they asked the company authorities to issue a statement asking for the resignation of Dina Boluarte, who recently took over as the President of the country, following the ouster of former President by impeachment. Also, some of them forcefully entered mine facilities, stole workers’ belongings and set the housing area on fire.
The press release noted that emergency and security teams have been deployed at the site to ensure safety of workers and to extinguish the fires. No injuries have been reported so far, it said.