Social opposition to mining projects in Peru reached new heights in 2012, according to the 11th mining conflict observatory report that was presented recently in Lima. The report found 2012 to be one of the worst years of social conflict in recent history and cited high-profile cases such as US-based Newmont Mining’s US$4.8bn Minas Conga project, multinational Xstrata’s US$1.5bn Antapaccay as well as protests in Madre de Dios region against government efforts to legalize informal and illegal mining operations.
Newmont is a US company with British investment: among investors in Newmont are UK-based Blackrock World Mining Trust and AXA Investment Managers UK. See