Colombia: First Nations protest illegal mining
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Colombia: First Nations protest illegal mining

Members of four Colombian First Nations occupied a mine called La Cantera La Peña de Horeb, in the northern Cesar department, to protest against its illegal operations. The protesters’ allegations were confirmed by the department’s environmental authority, whose representatives said they were going to press charges against Explominerales de la Costa S.A. for unrightfully extracting sand and gravel in the area. Although satisfied with the decision, the Indigenous groups also demanded urgent action against other 160 mines whose activities -they say- are contaminating rivers, ravines and the Ciénaga Grande de Santa Marta, the country’s largest swampy marsh.


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