Border road from Peru to Bolivia Blocked by Protesters – 300 tourists stranded

After the Canadian mining company Bear Creek announced its plans to build a mine near Lake Titicaca, Peru, thousands of inhabitants began protesting by covering roads with large rocks, logs, and barbed wire, blocking the main route to the Desaguadero border crossing to Bolivia. On Wednesday, 300 tourists were stranded due to the blocked roads.

A proposed mining project on the shores of Lake Titicaca has provoked outrage among Peruvians. Protests are growing in the southeastern part of the country.

About 10,000 people gathered in the city of Puno this week, shouting “Mina no, agro si” (roughly “Mines no, farms yes”). Shops, schools and public transit all shut down.

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“The 300 tourists in our area, mainly Europeans and Japanese, are being held incommunicado, unable to move, unable to leave the port on Lake Titicaca as it has been taken” by protesters, said Carlos Canales, president of Peru’s National Tourist Board.

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