LIMA – One person died and another was injured on Monday during protests staged by mine workers against China’s Shougang Hierro Peru company in southern Peru’s Ica province, local media reported.
The dead man was identified as Luis Quispe Chumpi, 38, who died in the Health Ministry Hospital in the city of Nazca, hospital director Juan Jose Aguado confirmed.
News reports said that Quispe apparently was shot in the jaw during a clash between demonstrators and police on a local highway.
The injured man, identified as Justo Eliaz Veliz, 20, evidently was also shot – in the right shoulder – and is being treated at the medical center.
The protesters, who have been on strike for a week, are demanding that Shougang rehire 85 laid-off workers, provide potable water to the entire district and reduce electricity prices, among other things.
The nationwide strike was called last week by the FNTMMSP mining workers and was suspended on the weekend after an agreement was reached, Labor Minister Daniel Maurate said.
The miners were also demanding the cancellation of a series of decrees that, they said, allow companies to outsource some areas of production, a situation they feel harms their right to work.