Lima, Peru, on June 15th, 2011, demonstrators arrived in the capital from the southern city of Puno where people have held more than a month of protests against planned mining by Canada’s Bear Creek corporation as they fear it will lead to the pollution of local lakes including the world famous Lake Titicaca which lies between Bolivia and Peru. Protesters are also demanding that arrest warrants (link) and charges against their leaders be dropped. (See also: VIDEO) (Photo REUTERS/Pilar Olivares)

Update: Other indigenous activists, including Alberto Pizango, arrived in Lima to defend Walter Aduviri and by Thursday afternoon (June 16th) an appeals court overturned the arrest warrant against Aduviri and he walked free to a hero’s welcome after more than 30 hours inside the Panamericana Television station. “I am not a criminal. Defending natural resources is not criminal,” Aduviri said. (See: VIDEO)

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