Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Mayor Lynched: The Associated Press, Agence France Press, the BBC, and Reuters report that Mayor Cirilo Fernando Robles Cayomamani of Ilave, Puno (FREPAP)was, according to Reuters, "kidnapped and killed" after a mob dragged "him through the streets of Ilave accusing him of corruption." The AP story suggests the mob of "mostly Aymara Indians from surrounding villages, had been demanding Robles resignation on the grounds that he was corrupt and had failed to deliver on campaign promises." The AFP reports that "thousands of Ilave residents have been blocking all the roads leading into and out of the city since April 2." The AP cites Interior Minister Fernando Rospigliosi and Congressman Gustavo Pacheco, "who represents the region, [and] said that a total of 19 municipal workers had been kidnapped." Reuters cites Deputy Interior Minister Ricardo Valdes. The Miami Herald runs a short piece (apparently from the AP) and puts the number of the mob at 15,000. The AFP adds that the mob also tried to "free three protest leaders" from the town's jail. The BBC includes a photo near Ilave and the Associated Press shows the mayor "injured." IndyMedia has earlier reports of the confrontation. In Spanish: IndyMedia has startling photos and declarations from Ilave. The Jurado Nacional de Elecciones has issued an edict on the mayoralty vacancy.

Vladi Complains: Reuters reports that Vladimiro Montesinos "accused prosecutors on Monday of trying to break him by subjecting him to unfair prison conditions and long days in court." Montesinos complained of having his phones tapped, that his jail cell conditions were a "flagrant violation of my human rights," and that "obviously I'm physically exhausted." This is the third time the former spy chief, who faces 67 trials, has spoken out in court. Also Cited: Estela Valdivia, his lawyer. The Associated Press offers a photo and quotes Montesinos saying, "of course I'm worn out." See Also: '"Vladi: 'I Am Guilty' " in April 21's Peruvia.

Miners Strike: Reuters reports that "miners in Peru plan a two-day strike on Thursday and Friday to demand that 60,000 workers be hired under contracts, making them eligible for social security benefits," according to Vicente Sotomayor, advisor to Peru's Mining Federation [Federación Minera del Perú]. According to Sotomayor, "many mining companies hire temporary workers for 17 soles (US5) a day, compared with 50 soles (US$14.40) a day for workers on contracts."

More Mining:
- Sulliden Exploration put out a press release to announce that it has "commenced drilling at its Shahuindo gold/silver project in Cajamarca."
- Goldmarca put out a press release to announce "the results of the initial metallurgical test work on San Nicolas sulphide samples." Goldmarca has an agreement with Compania Minera San Nicolas S.A. and Minas del Sinchao S.A. "to earn an 80 percent interest in the San Nicolas gold-silver mine, plant site, and heap leach operation, located 30 kilometers north of Yanacocha."
- GoldHawk Resources put out a press release to announce they had "started working on the Machacala gold-silver property ... [which] covers an area of 4,006 hectares and lies 43 km. east of Trujillo."

FLombardi Retrospective: Rhode Island's Providence Journal reports on the 12th Providence Latin American Film Festival, and Friday's session titled, "Within Sight: The Cinema of Lombardi" which will be "an overview of Peru's most respected filmmaker, Francisco Lombardi, and his work." They will also screen 'What the Eye Doesn't See' and 'Red Ink.'

AFujimori Retrospective: Canada's Center for Public Opinion and Democracy presents some more details on the recent IMASEN polling data which showed Alberto Fujimori leading 2006 presidential candidates in Lima voters with 18.4%. "Interviews to 510 Peruvian adults, conducted from Apr. 3 to Apr. 6, 2004. Margin of error is 4.4 per cent." See Also: 'Imasen Polling' in April 24 below.

AToledo Retrospective: The Associated Press shows a photograph of Alejandro Toledo and Eliane Karp "in the stands at a Peruvian horse show in Mamacona." It also states that they "were jeered several times by the crowd."

JDFlorez Gets The Sun: The Associated Press offers a photograph of Alejandro Toledo with Juan Diego Florez "after awarding him Peru's 'La Orden "El Sol del Perú'." The internationally reknown Peruvian tenor is in a Lima production of Donzetti's 'La Fille du Regiment' singing to "sold out audiences." ARCHIVE: See 'JDF' in February 13's Peruvia.

IDC Opens Lima Office: IDC Latin America, a global market intelligence and advisory firm in the information technology and telecommunications industries, announced they will open up an office in Peru on May 11 at Los Delfines Summit Hotel & Casino.

Macro/Micro Econ:
- Bloomberg and Reuters reports that Peru "sold $500 million of 12-year bonds to help finance its budget deficit, the country's first international debt sale since November." Elsewhere, Bloomberg reports that "Citigroup Inc. and Credit Suisse First Boston were hired to underwrite the sale."
- Reuters reports on U.S. Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs John Taylor saying that "Latin America should not be blindsided by modest interest-rate rises driven by a pickup in global growth" and that "global growth will be an 'overriding positive' for the region's economies."
- Bloomberg reports that Banco de Credito del Peru "is expected to release its first-quarter net income report." Also, Cia de Minas Buenaventura SA will report "its net income fell 10 percent to $50.1 million from a year ago."
- Reuters reports that Banco Continental's first quarter's net profit was up 40%.

Flying Delta? Delta Air Lines has established new international boarding procedures, using "a new staggered zone boarding procedure." Passengers will be given "a zone number during the check-in process that corresponds to their assigned seat. This zone number will be printed on the customer's boarding card which is presented upon check-in at the airport. Boarding announcements will be made in the gate areas advising customers when their zone is ready to board."

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