Mayor who led anti-mining protest freed

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The mayor of a highlands Peruvian province has been released from prison 11 days after he was ordered jailed for five months for allegedly instigating violence in an anti-mining protest.

Espinar Mayor Oscar Mollohuanca was freed Wednesday after a judge determined that his preventative detention was unjust. He remains under criminal investigation.

Mollohuanca (Moh-yoh-WAN-ka) told reporters he blames his detention on a national government that favors mining companies over elected authorities exercising their right to protest.

Mollohuanca called on the Peruvian government to lift the 30-day emergency it called in Espinar on May 28 after two people were killed while protesting against the Tintaya copper mine owned by Swiss-based Xstrata.

Protesters say they fear the mine is contaminating water and poisoning their livestock and crops.

Xstrata denies it is polluting.