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Peru communities resolute on mine shutdowns despite government shift

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Communities in Peru’s Ayacucho region say they will resume protests against the mining sector if the government of leftist President Pedro Castillo breaches what they call a signed agreement to shutter mines, local leaders told Reuters.

Prime Minister Mirtha Vasquez said last week that the government would not approve extensions for four mines over environmental concerns raised by local communities. On Wednesday authorities softened their public stance, saying the mines could seek permission to extend operations.

President Pedro Castillo came to power in July, with the backing of poor communities, who say the mines have deprived them of adequate water supplies and to whom he promised greater benefits.

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