La Libertad: clashes over illegal mining in Pataz left three injured and there would be fatalities


Clashes in Pataz would have left dead and wounded. VIDEO: ATV

In the last few hours, in the mountains of La Libertad in the district of Pataz, there were clashes as a result of informal mining. As it was known, there are disputes over gold extraction in that area.

Officially, the authorities reported three wounded identified as Eduardo Pérez Escalona (25), Tony Gabriel Guevara Curvelo (29), Guillermo Guevara Campos (29). They were evacuated to Leoncio Prado Hospital in Huamachuco.

There was an exchange of shots, and even the neighbors reported that machine gun shots were heard. The conflict occurred in the Pueblo Nuevo annex in the district of Pataz. There were rumors that they had weapons of war.

“At 2 in the morning two gangs have been shot at, according to the indications it is a brawl between them and they have come out of the mine opening along the road and have been shot at,” the mayor of El Sol told the newspaper. Pataz, Juan Carlos La Rosa.

According to reports, the conflict is due to the fact that there are illegal miners who appropriate the production of other miners. While in the jurisdiction there are only four police officers on site. Recently, the police chief of La Libertad recommended declaring the district an emergency, which seems to be no man’s land.

Clashes in Pataz

According to him informal mining specialist, Pedro Yarangathe confrontation left fatalities. “So far it is known that there are at least 10 dead, all of them unidentified. They are hired by some businessmen from the same area to carry out confrontations, and robberies even take place at the mine entrances. In all these acts, the parking attendants who are hired assailants intervene”he referred.

Indeed, Yaranga explained on Twitter that they are assailants of artisanal miners, also known as parkers, who roam the district of Pataz, in the province of the same name, La Libertad region. “They show an arsenal of weapons of war and all the gold ore, after having robbed a mining businessman”.

He pointed out that according to residents of Pataz, on Tuesday night there was a confrontation between gangs of assassins, with the balance of about a dozen dead.

The local press announced that in this town, located 10 hours from Trujillo, artisanal miners operate in agreement with large companies in the same field.

The Government will strengthen the fight against illegal mining and illegal logging in the province of Condorcanqui, department of Amazonas, with the execution of police operations that will have the support of the Armed Forces, Defense Minister José Luis announced last June. Gavidia Arrascue.

For this, said the head of the Mindefhis office and the Ministry of Interior will propose to Minister council the declaration of a state of emergency in said Amazonian province, which will allow the Armed forces can provide support in the operations carried out by the National Police.

“This will allow us to start operations against the mining [ilegal] and illegal logging, and work against this scourge that is environmental pollution. Rest assured that we will do well”, said the minister at a meeting with local authorities and representatives of various ministries, held in Snowscapital of Condorcanqui.

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