KONFRONTASI-Clashes between police and opponents of Southern Copper Corp's Tia Maria project in Peru left one protester dead on Wednesday as rallies calling for its cancellation spread in the region.
Protesters, mainly farmers who grow crops for export, say they fear the proposed $1.4 billion mine will pollute nearby agricultural valleys in Peru's southern region of Arequipa. Tia Maria has been stalled since 2011 after three protesters died in similar rallies.
KONFRONTASI-Cuban police detained up to a dozen dissidents who had gone to a Havana prison to demand that fellow opponents of the government be released, dissidents said on Thursday.
The detentions follow a series of others since Tuesday in a crackdown against activists who have attempted to test the communist government's tolerance for free speech and assembly in the wake of Cuba's thaw in relations with the United States.