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Tia Maria (SCCO): Because there obviously haven’t been enough protesters killed there yet…

…another one dies today. Shot by police. Bless ’em.

So next week the Arequipa region of Peru gets a 72 hour regionwide strike in support of the protest, instead of the mere 24 hour of a couple of weeks ago.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to an English language report on the death, from Global Post/AFP. Here’s how it starts:

One person was killed and two others injured Tuesday in clashes between police and demonstrators during a seventh week of protests against a mining project in southern Peru, the Interior Ministry said.
The fatality was the second in recent weeks as protesters rally against the $1.4 billion Tia Maria mine in the country’s Arequipa region.
“We confirm a death and two injuries following violent clashes in the city of Mollendo,” Interior Minister Jose Luis Perez Guadalupe told reporters.

Full report here.

UPDATE 2: The autopsy report stated that the victim, Henry Checlla, was hit by two bullets shotgun pellets (lead, gauge 12 or 14) in the back, one of which left an exit wound in his chest, perforated one lung and his heart and was the cause of death. Then in a wonderful extra touch that’s a microcosm of the whole issue, his funeral courtege was attacked with tear gas by police. Classy.

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