Operations at MMG Ltd.'s Las Bambas copper mine in Peru are not disrupted and its negotiations with the local Fuerabamba community are still ongoing, Reuters reported May 21.
Americo Contreras, a representative of the public ombudsman office, told the newswire that Fuerabamba launched new protests outside the mine after compensation talks over road access fell through.
But an MMG spokeswoman in Melbourne told Reuters that Fuerabamba was not blocking traffic, although the company did not transport minerals through the Yavi Yavi route, which was blocked while Fuerabamba held an assembly. The newswire could not immediately seek confirmation from Fuerabamba or Las Bambas if the new blockade was in place.
Fuerabamba had blocked access to the site for more than two months, impacting shipments from the mine. The community agreed to end demonstrations after reaching a deal in April, but MMG reportedly rejected Fuerabamba's "exorbitant" and "unfeasible" demands.
Fuerabamba President Gregorio Rojas had threatened to launch a new protest outside the mine if the government did not archive criminal complaints filed against community members over the earlier blockade.