Gold mi­ners put up road block

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

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.

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