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Peru declares emergency after mine protest violence

• Nelson Quinones, CNN
The government of Peru declared a 30-day state of emergency in the southern Andean province of Espinar after violent anti-mining protests left two civilians dead and at least 76 police officers injured since Sunday.

The riots are between hundreds of police officers and people who support an indefinite strike against the Tintaya copper mine owned by Swiss-based Xstrata plc.

The emergency measures, announced Monday, include the suspension of freedom of assembly and give special powers to the police in the hopes of restoring order in the province, said Peru's Prime Minister Oscar Valdes.


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