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Peru: Protect Máxima Acuña from violence and intimidation

Máxima Acuña is standing her ground, undaunted by violent harassment.

Máxima Acuña won’t back down. A peasant farmer in northern Peru, she has braved violent attacks from local police for refusing to leave the land where she lives with her family.

Máxima is in a legal battle with Yanacocha, one of the world’s biggest gold and copper mines, over the ownership of the land. She believes the police’s harassment is an attempt to drive her away from her home. But she’s not going anywhere.

Police have attacked her family, including beating her and her children, damaging her house and demolishing an extension she was building. On several occasions, Yanacocha’s own armed security guards even destroyed her crops.

It’s a campaign of intimidation designed to make her life impossible – so she gives up her fight and leaves. But still Máxima will not give in.

Her bravery has won her the 2016 Goldman Prize, the world’s most respected environmental award.

Together, let’s make sure her family can live on the land in peace until the courts make a final decision.

Sign our petition to Peru’s Minister of Interior:

I urge you to protect Máxima Acuña and her family from violence and intimidation. I also ask that you promptly investigate the attacks that have already been carried out against her, bringing those responsible to justice.

Máxima, a peasant farmer in northern Peru, has braved violent harassment and intimidation from local police for refusing to leave the land where she lives with her family. She is in a legal battle with Yanacocha, one of the world’s biggest gold and copper mines, over the ownership of the land. She believes the police’s harassment is an attempt to drive her away from her home.

Please make sure the police do their job and protect her and her family.