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Southern Peru protests

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31 May 2011 by Luke McCormick

Protests by angry indigenous activists have blocked roads into Peru's southern city of Puno and the border with Bolivia, suspending all transit in the area.

The Foreign Office has advised travellers against attempting to enter or leave Peru by ferry from Puno on Lake Titicaca and also instructs travellers stranded in Puno and the region to remain in their lodgings and avoid contact with the demonstrators.

There are also reports of attacks against pedestrians, cars and small businesses by indigenous Aymara campaigners demanding an end to a silver mining project led by Canadian Bear Creek mining company, which they say will pollute their ancestral lands and destroy fish stocks in nearby Lake Titicaca.

Protesters have forced the closure of Puno's port at Lake Titicaca, preventing transit between Peru and Bolivia by boat, as well as the suspension of rail services between Puno and Cusco, one of the country's most historic cities.

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