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Human Rights Watch has urged the Peruvian government to conduct a full investigation1 into the deaths of six civilians2 during a demonstration3.


Six protesters died during Sunday
Six protesters died during Sunday's clashes with police

They died during a protest by some 6,000 unlicensed miners in the south of the country.

Opposition4 politicians are pushing the government to scrap5(解体,废弃) or amend6(改善,修改) the laws which provoked(激起,挑衅) the unrest(不安,动荡) .

Police opened fire as they were pelted7 with(用……扔某人) stones by protesters blocking the main coastal8 road, the PanAmericana.

Five demonstrators were killed, 30 more injured, and a woman passenger on a stalled(失速的) bus reportedly died of a heart attack.

Fight for resources

Human Rights Watch spokesman Jose Miguel Vivanco said using lethal9(致命的,致死的) force to disperse10(分散,传播) a demonstration was not permitted simply because a state of emergency had been declared.

The unlicensed miners were among more than 10,000 across the south of the country who marched against a presidential decree(法令,判决) which aimed to impose environmental controls which, they say, threaten their jobs.

President Alan Garcia said on Monday that unlicensed mining must be formalised not just because of its impact on the environment.

"It's a savage11(残酷的,野蛮的) form of mining because it's completely unregulated and doesn't pay taxes," he said.

"It creates forms of work which are a type of slavery or servitude(劳役,奴役) which generate other forms of servitude such as prostitution, people trafficking and child labour," he added.

Blocking roads in Peru is illegal and the government has refused to negotiate with the protest leaders as long as miners occupy the road.

Meanwhile, the political opposition are pushing to see the laws revoked12(废除,取消) or modified in an effort to ease the tensions.

The Peruvian government wants to create a mining exclusion13 zone in the Amazon region of Madre de Dios - the most heavily mined area.

Official figures say it produces around 20 tonnes of gold a year.

How natural resources are exploited(开发,开采) and by whom is the main cause of unrest in Peru.

As last weekend's events demonstrate, the tension can unexpectedly flare14 up and turn to violence.


1 investigation MRKzq     
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
2 civilians 2a8bdc87d05da507ff4534c9c974b785     
平民,百姓( civilian的名词复数 ); 老百姓
  • the bloody massacre of innocent civilians 对无辜平民的血腥屠杀
  • At least 300 civilians are unaccounted for after the bombing raids. 遭轰炸袭击之后,至少有300名平民下落不明。
3 demonstration 9waxo     
  • His new book is a demonstration of his patriotism.他写的新书是他的爱国精神的证明。
  • He gave a demonstration of the new technique then and there.他当场表演了这种新的操作方法。
4 opposition eIUxU     
  • The party leader is facing opposition in his own backyard.该党领袖在自己的党內遇到了反对。
  • The police tried to break down the prisoner's opposition.警察设法制住了那个囚犯的反抗。
5 scrap JDFzf     
  • A man comes round regularly collecting scrap.有个男人定时来收废品。
  • Sell that car for scrap.把那辆汽车当残品卖了吧。
6 amend exezY     
  • The teacher advised him to amend his way of living.老师劝他改变生活方式。
  • You must amend your pronunciation.你必须改正你的发音。
7 pelted 06668f3db8b57fcc7cffd5559df5ec21     
(连续地)投掷( pelt的过去式和过去分词 ); 连续抨击; 攻击; 剥去…的皮
  • The children pelted him with snowballs. 孩子们向他投掷雪球。
  • The rain pelted down. 天下着大雨。
8 coastal WWiyh     
  • The ocean waves are slowly eating away the coastal rocks.大海的波浪慢慢地侵蚀着岸边的岩石。
  • This country will fortify the coastal areas.该国将加强沿海地区的防御。
9 lethal D3LyB     
  • A hammer can be a lethal weapon.铁锤可以是致命的武器。
  • She took a lethal amount of poison and died.她服了致命剂量的毒药死了。
10 disperse ulxzL     
  • The cattle were swinging their tails to disperse the flies.那些牛甩动着尾巴驱赶苍蝇。
  • The children disperse for the holidays.孩子们放假了。
11 savage ECxzR     
  • The poor man received a savage beating from the thugs.那可怜的人遭到暴徒的痛打。
  • He has a savage temper.他脾气粗暴。
12 revoked 80b785d265b6419ab99251d8f4340a1d     
adj.[法]取消的v.撤销,取消,废除( revoke的过去式和过去分词 )
  • It may be revoked if the check is later dishonoured. 以后如支票被拒绝支付,结算可以撤销。 来自辞典例句
  • A will is revoked expressly. 遗嘱可以通过明示推翻。 来自辞典例句
13 exclusion 1hCzz     
  • Don't revise a few topics to the exclusion of all others.不要修改少数论题以致排除所有其他的。
  • He plays golf to the exclusion of all other sports.他专打高尔夫球,其他运动一概不参加。
14 flare LgQz9     
  • The match gave a flare.火柴发出闪光。
  • You need not flare up merely because I mentioned your work.你大可不必因为我提到你的工作就动怒。