Long rows of identical attached houses face each other across wide, straight streets, one-third of them still waiting for people to walk through their varnished pine doors and make homes under their slanted red roofs. The company, Chinalco, which is owned by the Chinese government, built the new town to relocate more than 5, people living in nearby Morococha, a century-old mining village. The company plans to demolish Morococha to make way for an enormous open-pit copper mine. Chinalco has moved close to families since September. But several hundred residents have resisted, staging marches and other protests even as their neighbors load their belongings into moving trucks for the trip to the new town, which has not been named yet; it may ultimately be called Nueva Morococha. The two towns are only six miles apart — a minute drive — and are at similarly lofty altitudes.
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