In Peru, a strike is called by local organizations against Xstrata and its Tintaya mine over pollution, land rights and social responsibility disputes. In the protests, two protestors are killed by the police, another is hit in the head by a tear gas canister and left paraplegic, and many more are injured, beaten and tortured.1


Xstrata allegedly paid the national police £700,000 for security services, provided them with rubber bullets and teargas, and housed them in barracks in the mine. An Xstrata director had emailed the South America director to take a “direct, proactive and strong approach” against the protestors, who he described as “sons of whores.”2



2   Owen Bowcott, “UK mining firm in court over claims it mistreated environmental activists,” The Guardian, October 31, 2017,