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Can Peru avoid the protest bug?

Recent violence suggests social unrest is unlikely to disappear anytime soon in the mineral-rich nation.
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Demonstrators seize and burn the grass field around the airstrip at the the airport of Juliaca, southern Peru, on June 25, 2010. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Five killed over the weekend, almost $100 million lost to strikes and a weeklong stock market slide.

For Peru, that's only a partial tally of the cost of weeks of protests over a proposed silver mine.

The mining project, by Canadian firm Bear Creek, has now been cancelled. The Peruvian government revoked the company's license to build a mine near the shores of Lake Titicaca and halted all new mining concessions in the Puno province for the next 36 months.

(See photos: Protests shut down Peru-Bolivia border)

But while the agreement might put an end to the most recent violence, it hardly seems like a lasting solution to the social protests besetting the Andean nation.


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