Police destroy Peruvian town in illegal gold miners’ hunting
Peruvian government has launched a massive crackdown against the 55 illegal mining settlements in the country.
Hundreds of workers and their families were made homeless, when police torched the illegal community in the Madre de Dios region in the southeast of the country.
Food shops, brothels and tarpaulin nightclubs, set up to service the workers, were destroyed in the unprecedented raid against so-called ‘wild cat’ miners.
The raid on the La Pampa mining camp came as the government launches a crackdown on the illegal trade, which has destroyed vast swathes of the rainforest.
Decades of mining have destroyed 60,000 hectares of rainforest in the Madre de Dios region alone, and have resulted in wide-spread mercury poisoning.
The area, famed for its ecological diversity, is now plagued by mercury levels in the soil and rivers that dramatically exceed those recommended by the World Health Organisation.
Source: Daily Mail