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Peruvian highlanders highlight mine's environment impact

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Andean people from the communities neighboring the Conga mine protest in front of the Laguna Cortada, in Cajamarca, Peru, on November 24.

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Police commandos stand guard at the Conga mine in Cajamarca on November 24.

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Farmers from Piedra Redonda El Amaro during a strike organized in the region of Cajamarca to protest the mining project of Conga, on November 24.

Though it drives the economy of Peru, mining has triggered social conflicts in poor areas such as Cajamarca, where a strike was called for November 24 to protest against the industry's environmental impact, Agence France-Presse reports.

In a previous protest on November 10, at least 38 people were injured in the city of Andahuaylas after farmers demanding a ban on mining in their region clashed with police, the AP reported.