suspended operations at its Tintaya copper mine in southern Peru
Australian resource group BHP Billiton has suspended operations at its Tintaya copper mine in southern Peru after violent demonstrations hit the operation Tuesday, a company spokesperson told BNAmericas.com. "The decision has been taken to ensure the overall safety of people to suspend operations and evacuate non-essential personnel from the site," spokesperson Ariane Gentil said by telephone Wednesday from the company's London office. Gentil said BHP Billiton continued to monitor the situation and would not restart the operation until it was confident it was safe. A group of 2,000 protesters began demonstrating outside Tintaya at midday on Tuesday with a smaller group temporarily gaining access to the camp guesthouse and the vicinity of an operating plant facility.