UPDATE 1-Two killed in protest at $7.4-bln MMG copper project in Peru

martes 29 de septiembre de 2015 01:38 GYT

* Activists break into copper project in remote Andean region

* Protesters demand revision of part of environmental plan

* Eight police officers wounded, government says

* Mine expected to add 400,000 tonnes to global supply each year (Recasts with details from government, company reaction)

LIMA, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Two protesters were shot dead and eight police officers wounded after a group of activists broke into MMG Ltd's $7.4- billion Las Bambas project in a remote Andean region in Peru, the government said on Monday.

Peru, the world's third biggest producer of copper, is expected to nearly double output of the metal in coming years, but is rife with conflicts over mining. Many towns near big projects fear pollution or seek more benefits.

The unrest in the highland town of Challhuahuacho comes as MMG has been wrapping up construction of a massive mine that is expected to add 400,000 tonnes of copper to global supply each year.

Protesters were demanding that MMG revise part of its environmental plan and hire more locals, authorities said. About 1,500 police officers and 150 military officers had been sent to the zone ahead of rallies that started on Friday.

Interior Minister Jose Luis Perez said radical groups from outside the area had provoked the clashes.   Continuación...