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Peru communities block key copper transport road -source

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LIMA, Sept 14 (Reuters) - A group of Peruvian indigenous communities blocked a key copper transport road on Wednesday, a mining source and a community leader separately told Reuters, in protest over the planned expansion of a mine owned by Glencore in the country's Andean region.

Peru is the world's No. 2 copper producer. The highway, known as the mining corridor, is used by Glencore's Antapaccay as well as other key mines, including MMG Ltd's Las Bambas and Hudbay's Constancia.

The road, most of which is not paved, is a hotspot of social conflicts. Impoverished communities along the way have long said that mining has not improved their quality of life.

Flavio Huanque, the community leader in Espinar province who confirmed the blockade, said residents were demanding that Energy and Mines Minister Alessandra Herra and the state carry out a consultation with the communities, in accordance with Peruvian regulations. The Antapaccay mine is located in Espinar province. (Reporting by Marco Aquino and Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Leslie Adler)