Going After Gold: Peru Cracks Down on Wildcat Miners

Riot police stand guard at an illegal mining operation in Huepetuhe district in Peru's Madre de Dios region in Peru, Monday, April 28, 2014. Some 1,500 soldiers, police and marines have begun destroying illegal gold mining machinery in Peru’s southeastern jungle region of Madre de Dios. Authorities began enforcing a ban on illegal mining Monday in the Huepetuhe district. They had given the state’s thousands of illegal miners until April 19 to get legal or halt operations.AP

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