The mobilization will demand the immediate suspension of the permits granted to mining projects according to the amendment of Law No. 27651, which also threatens the path that thousands of pilgrims follow during the month of May to see the sacred image.
In conversation with Servindi, Julián Condori Qqueso, Quechua communicator of the Network of Indigenous Communicators of Peru (REDCIP), reported that it is urgent that the State protect this route since there would also be informal mining.
“It is known precisely in the Qoyllority area that there are deposits of silver, gold and other minerals. So there are some transnationals that are willing to exploit it, and for that reason the dancers are organizing a mobilization, "he said.
Likewise, Condori commented that a document was previously presented to the Regional Government of Cusco and the Ministry of Culture so that they could see the case; even -he specified- a specialist requested that the area be recognized as a Natural Park in order to ensure its protection.
“Unfortunately there are corrupt authorities, and at the insistence of the mining companies they are trying to carry out the exploitations in this area. So it is a latent social conflict that we are seeing in this month of January ”, he said.
Finally, Condori explained that the peaceful mobilization will be directed against the offices of the Regional Directorate of the Ministry of Energy and Mines in the city of Cusco. Later, an assembly will be organized to agree on the following measures.
It is worth mentioning that the ceremony of faith to the Lord of Qoyllority begins with the pilgrimage of various groups from Cusco and mainly from the southern highlands of Peru, self-styled nations, to the town of Sinakara in the snowy Ausangate.
This celebration coincides with the beginning of Holy Week, and during its festivity the fervor of the dancers known as Ukukus or Pablitos can be appreciated.
Due to their meaning and importance, these activities were declared as Cultural Heritage of the Nation in August 2004.
In November 2011 they were recognized as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Photo Pilgrimage of the Lord of Qoyllority. By Luis Enrique Salinas Pérez