Peru's president calls state of emergency after violent protests

JUST days after violent protests in Peru forced Newmont Mining Corporation to suspend construction at its $US4.8 billion ($A4.68 billion) Conga copper-gold project, the country’s president Ollanta Humala has declared a state of emergency.

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The government only last week asked Newmont to stop development at the site due to safety concerns brought about by ongoing protests over the local water supply.

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