Rogelio Ustate recalls (in a poem) the day when his community (Tabaco, a township of Alto Nuevo in Guajira) was displaced by public officials in Colombia to make room for the expansion of a massive open-air coal mine, Cerrejón. Video: Rogelio Ustate, May 2014 (in Spanish, with English subtitles)
An interview with Marcelo Giraud, of the Asamblea Popular por el Agua, about the efforts of the mining companies to have Mendoza's Law 7722, which restricts mining, declared unconstitutional. Video: MdZ TV, October 2015

Chile mobilizes: Caimanes

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Documentary which explains the history of the El Mauro tailings dam at Caimanes, the threat it poses to the community, and the mining company's efforts to divide and buy off community opposition. Video: CNTV & Chilemovilizared. April 2013. (in Spanish)
The Boa Vista Quilombo in Oriximiná, Pará state, is like many Brazilian quilombola communities. Quilombolas are Afro-Brazilian runaway slave descendants, and point to centuries of inequality and neglect by the government. Quilombos often lack running water, basic sanitation and health services.In the 1970s, Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN) annexed much of Boa Vista’s land and established the...
The Yanomami Park covers 37,000 square miles in the Brazilian Amazon on the Venezuelan border; it is inhabited by 27,000 Yanomami. Soaring gold prices have resulted in a massive ongoing invasion of the indigenous territory by gold miners who are well supported with monetary backing, heavy equipment and aircraft.On 3 July, a federal judge issued an emergency...
Mineração Rio do Norte (MRN), the world’s fourth largest bauxite producer, encroached on riverine communities beside the Trombetas River in the Brazilian Amazon in the 1970s. Over the years, MRN became notorious for its contamination of local waters with bauxite mining waste, residents say.To resolve that problem, the company built 26 tailings dams. The largest of these...

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