Peru state of emergency ends

  • The Peruvian government will not extend a state of emergency enforced in three northern provinces.

    It was imposed after protests against a gold mining project escalated into violence.

    The office of President Ollanta Humala said the state of emergency would expire on Sunday, adding that security forces would remain on alert.

    In recent months, five people have been killed in protests against the U.S.-financed Conga mine, Peru's biggest foreign investment project.

    Opponents of the project say it will destroy water supplies as it involves moving water from four lakes located in the mountains into reservoirs built by the company.

    The government had declared a state of emergency in Celendin, Cajamarca and Bambamarca.