The strike in Cajamarca continues, day 15 was a sad day for democracy in Cajamarca, Peru. The strike intensified, when more delegations from different parts of the region came to Cajamarca to join the protest. All over the city people marched, making clear that they do not want the project to go through. The police responded with grave violence, this way violating a fundamental right to demonstrate. Tear gas was used excessively, people were beaten, journalists were harassed, their cameras were stolen, … . Over 10 people were injured (official numbers differ), 6 people were arrested and held incommunicado.
A three minute video showing the force that was used by the police against protesters:
A testimony from a protester hit by a tear gas canister:
More photos: http://congaeuropa.wordpress.com/2012/06/15/463/