Perth-based, London-listed South32 (a spin-off from BHP) has announced that it plans to appeal the ruling issued on March 16, 2018, by Colombia’s Constitutional Court demanding that the company paid damages to Indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities affected by its operations in the northern Cordoba province.
Violent attacks have been carried out by the copper mining giant Glencore’s security forces and Glencore-contracted national police on defenseless women and even children, on the poorest of the poor segment of Peru’s population. Glencore, is a Swiss registered Anglo-Swiss mining corporation, exploiting mineral resources in developing countries around the globe, where they pay almost no taxes, as their profit center is in Switzerland, in Baar, Canton Zug, one of the Cantons, that has the lowest tax rates in Switzerland.
The complaint is related to the consequences of the collapse of the Fundão Dam near Mariana in Minas Gerais state, Brazil, on 5 November 2015. The dam, which stored millions of litres of waste from the Germano iron-ore mine, is operated by Samarco Mineração S.A., a joint venture between mining companies BHP Billiton and Vale S. A..
After a 10-year nonviolent campaign coordinated by grassroots activists and international support, the town of Cajamarca in Colombia voted with a 97.9% majority to say “No” to the world's third largest mining company's (South Africa’s AngloGold Ashanti) plans for the development of what was thought to become the world’s fifth highest gold producing mine (per annum) in the world: the "La Colosa" gold mine. The company has now halted its project entirely, is pulling out, and says that it accepts the validity of the vote.
Activists and villagers, who are demanding closure of Sterlite Copper plant in Tuticorin, on Tuesday night blocked three trucks that were carrying tonnes of raw material (ore) to the plant. The protesters alleged that the plant was functioning despite not receiving clearance from the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB).
24th March 2018 A noisy protest took place at 42-44 Hill Street in Mayfair, London, today, as British Tamils armed with traditional Parai drums joined with major demonstrations in Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu, India, against the expansion of British company Sterlite’s copper smelter in the State. The London protest, which took place at the $20 million home of company boss Anil Agarwal, was called by Foil Vedanta, Tamil People in UK and Parai – Voice of Freedom.