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Yearbook 2015

Peru. According to COUNTRYAAH, violent protests in late September against the copper mine Las Bambas in the Apurimac region led to the deaths of four protesters and 16 injured, after a couple of thousand protesters broke into the mining area and were met by tear gas. The protesters' complaints were about lack of communication with the locals, who fear great ecological consequences of the project. A state of emergency was announced throughout the region and was not lifted until just over a month later. Also in the Arequipa region, riots broke out in connection with protests against another copper mine, Tía María, at the same time as the miners 'union announced a nationwide strike in May in protest of new labor legislation that, according to the union, would impair miners' rights and job protection.

2015 Peru

President Humala was also hired on charges of corruption against his wife Nadine Heredia. According to the opposition, she would have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal campaign grants from Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez during her husband's failed election campaign in 2006 and faced interrogation by Congress. The fact that Justice Minister Gustavo Adrianzén first dismissed a prosecutor specializing in money laundering and the Heredia case, and then resigned in October himself was seen by the opposition as evidence that the charges are true. Heredia and Adrianzén both denied that there was any connection.

Dissatisfaction with Prime Minister Ana Jara led to threats of distrust in Congress. In early April, therefore, she resigned and was replaced by Pedro Cateriano, former Minister of Defense. Cateriano became the seventh prime minister during Humala's presidential term, illustrating the country's institutional instability and the difficult relations between the president and Congress.

However, the annual UN report on drugs and crime contained good news for Humala. According to it, illegal coca cultivation in Peru fell by 14% compared to 2014, and Humala declared that Peru is no longer the world's leading coca producer thanks to successful measures by the government. The UN report found that almost half of the cocoa cultivation takes place in the so-called Vraem region where the old Maoist guerrilla Sendero Luminoso is still active.

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