Gold miners put up road block
A group of gold miners from Nieuw Koffiekamp on Thursday morning barricaded the road to Nieuw KoffiekampRosebel Gold Mines to express their discontent with the results of the negotiations with the gold company. The gold miners refuse to go to their new location. The small miners made it clear that they want a place to work and that they prefer to stay within the concession of the company. The gold miners insist that the government included their village in the concession thereby creating the problems with the multinational. A few months ago illegal miners were evicted from the Roma pit. After the eviction the miners sat around the negotiating table and agreed to go to another location to look for gold. But the gold miners claim that they do not have any chance of striking gold at the new location. The barricade did not affect the operations of the gold company. Akem Naana, one of the gold miners, told Times of Suriname that all of the gold miners are from the local communities and that they are not illegal miners. “We are villagers and we want to make a living in our own territory. The miners are without any income and they want to provide for their families. The small miners are people with families and debts. How are we supposed to survive? There are about 200 miners who are without any means of support,” said Naana. Police officers from the Brokopondo Police Department on Thursday afternoon removed the barricade with the assistance of the Regional Support Team.