Sunday, June 2, 2013

Kyrgyzstan: miner uprising against Canadian multinational, at least one killed by police live fire

The clashes took place at the huge gold mine of Kuntor, in the North of Kyrgyzstan, owned by Centerra Gold since a decade ago. The protesters demand a greater share of the profits and that the company invests in local infrastructures (roads, a kindergarten, hospitals, more jobs and a long-term loan scheme).

This uprising is just the tip of the iceberg because it follows a chain of strikes last year that reduced CG's profits by 6.6%.

Instead of supporting the Kyrgyz worker-citizens, the government of President Atambayek has declared war on them, sending police to repress the uprising with live fire, resulting in at least one killed, 50 injured and 90 arrested. 

A curfew has been officially declared in the mining district of Dzhety Ohuz until June 10th. 

Kuntor is the largest gold mine in Central Asia and one of the largest on Earth. Kyrgyzstan is the only Central Asian state, other than Afghanistan, that still holds a US military base. 

Source: Webguerrillero[es].

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