Maxima lives in a remote town in the Northern Highlands of Peru. She bought her land with her husband Jaime, in 1994. However in 2011, Yanacocha mining firm undertook its expansion for the Conga project, an
open-pit gold and copper with a total surface area of 2,000 hectares. Máxima refused to
give her land away to this project. Since then, the Chaupe family became the target of
forced eviction attempts, threats and intimidations from the Special Operations Division of
the Peruvian National Police (DINOES). A Swiss company buys 70% of this gold!
The Chaupe family have lived on this land for twenty-four years
in which Máxima would weave and sew garments with her skilled knowledge of the local
vegetation for the dying of fabric. She would also sell these products at the market as well
as crops from their land.
One of these attempts took place on the 9th August 2012 when DINOES members intruded
into the Chaupe’s land and violently assaulted the family, unmoved that women were
victims of their abuse.
“They threatened my child with their machine guns, they threatened my husband from
behind the Fuster, they beat my daughter in law, they took my daughter who knelt before
the machinery to the road and beat her. When I saw my daughter passed out on the road,
I went to see her and three policemen grabbed me by each arm and more police came
ahead. I lost consciousness and they hit me with their sticks; my son took pictures with
his phone and they beat him with a stick and he dropped the phone from which he was
taking the photos”. Máxima Acuña de Chaupe.
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