We’re stranded in Caraz!!!
We tried to leave the mountains yesterday but all the roads in and out were blocked. The villagers are protesting the mining companies (mostly foreign owned) for contaminating their water/soil, and destroying their livelihood for generations to come. The companies deny they pollute, which is despicable. SHAME! You greedy bastards!
We had hoped the protests would stay peacefull, but these companies play dirty and often times have the cops in their pocket. Things are getting a little gnarly.
Two people were killed and 50 were injured this week in protests against a copper mine run by the Swiss based company, Xstrata.
Peruvian police have arrested the mayor of a highland village accused of promoting anti-mining protests. It was the second arrest of a protest leader, which prompted the government to declare a 30-day state of emergency, suspending civil liberties in Espinar province. (I really hope we can get out of here sooner than that. We’ve been told a couple/few days…we’ll see).
We’re proud of the Peruvian campesinos for standing up against transnational corporations to defend the health of their land. Go Peruanos!!! Te apoyamos! (We support you).
To learn more about this issue in Peru, read this post that we wrote back in December about the protests in Cajamarca – Click Here
Since it looks like we may be here for a few days, we’re settling in. We’re posted up in a hotel in Caraz and feel safe. Luckily we have access to great beer from Sierra Andina, a local mico-brew company.
Besides, there are worse places to be stranded. I’m sure we’ll find something to keep us busy, like exploring more of the countryside.
More photos of local life here in the Andes…
This little slice of heaven is hard enough to leave. Like we needed a road block to convince us to stay longer.