EXCLUSIVE Peru protest leader won't lift Antamina mine blockade before talks

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LIMA, Nov 2 (Reuters) - The person of a Peruvian assemblage blocking a roadworthy utilized by copper miner Antamina said connected Tuesday it would not assistance its blockade until it had held talks implicit its demands with either the company, which has been forced to suspend operations, oregon the government.

Antamina, co-owned by Glencore (GLEN.L) and BHP Billiton (BHP.AX), built a roadworthy and pipeline from the excavation of the aforesaid sanction immoderate 20 years agone that goes done the agrarian assemblage of Aquia.

Damian said the institution had ne'er afloat paid Aquia for the lands it used, an allegation Antamina has disputed successful the past. Antamina is Peru's largest copper mine.

Peru's mining curate had asked the assemblage to extremity its protestation arsenic a precondition for talks "and it created an outcry," Damian told Reuters connected Tuesday.

"We volition not person dialog if it comes with conditions," helium said.

The company, which did not instantly respond to a petition for comment, has successful the past criticized a "minority group" for allegedly utilizing unit to enforce their demands. Damian said the Aquia assemblage had not engaged successful violence.

Peru, the world's No. 2 shaper of copper, has witnessed a spate of protests against the mining assemblage since leftist President Pedro Castillo took bureau successful July, unnerving companies who called this week for much authorities support.

Roadblocks person affected MMG Ltd's (1208.HK) Las Bambas, Glencore's Antappacay and Hudbay Mineral's (HBM.TO) Constancia. In caller weeks, the authorities has negotiated with communities adjacent those mines portion they maintained blockades, lifting them lone astatine the extremity of negotiations.

"Our assemblage does not person a model to modulate what we get successful instrumentality for giving you access," Aquia leaders wrote to Antamina successful September, according to a missive shared with Reuters by Damian.

"There are nary benefits successful our favor," the missive added.

Miners wage important taxes to section communities successful Peru, but the bulk of those contributions spell to the towns closest to their pits. Aquia is astir 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Antamina.

Reporting by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Adam Jourdan and John Stonestreet

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