Resistance to the ‘La Colosa’ gold mine

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.

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