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Community protest causes disruption to Tahoe mining operations in Peru

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Canadian mining company and precious metals producer Tahoe Resources Inc. (Tahoe) has reported that a group of people have illegally trespassed onto the company’s property in Peru, disrupted mining operations and demanded payment for the alleged impacts of such mining operations to their community. The group consisted of approximately 80 – 100 people from the nearby community of La Ramada, located about 3 km to the southwest of the La Arena mine.

According to Tahoe, this protest was in response to recent meetings the company has held with certain La Ramada residents who are demanding monetary compensation for the alleged impacts of dust and vibrations from blasting activities to their community.

La Arena conducts extensive and regular monitoring of the impacts from the mine blasts, including community participatory monitoring exercises. The result of the ongoing monitoring demonstrates clear compliance with the law and the Environmental Quality Standards (ECA) set to protect the environment and communities.

To ensure the safety of Tahoe employees, contractors and members of the community, the company has temporarily suspended mining operations, starting with the night shift on 30 August 2018 and ordered all workers to remain at home. Leaching activities continue normally at this time.

Following this illegal disruption, the company has filed formal charges against the protest leaders for illegal trespass. The company has also notified the police, the Ministry of Energy and Mines (MEM) as well as the Consejo de Ministros (PCM), who have a social unit to support with conflict resolution.

The company reportedly remains willing to engage in a peaceful and constructive formal dialogue process with the La Ramada residents and has reaffirmed its commitment to continue its efforts to minimise the impacts of the operations on the community.

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