• The Peruvian President Ollanta Humala declared a state of emergency late following massive rallies against a multi-billion dollar mining project in the north of the country. President Humala said the emergency will take effect at midnight and continue for 60 days. 

  • Under the emergency measures, civil liberties will be restricted and arrests without warrants will be allowed in four provinces of Cajamarca region.

  • Out of fear for their water supply, local peasants have staged violent protests against a Conga mining project worth 4.8 billion dollars operated by U.S.-based mining giant Newmont.