London-listed AngloGold Ashanti (based in South Africa) has a large number of mineral concessions and exploration projects in Colombia. Its operations in the Department (province) of Valle del Cauca, in the south west of the country, have faced very strong, organised community resistance, mainly because of the threat posed to agriculture. In November, the company announced its withdrawal from Suárez-Cauca municipality, a decision welcomed by the area Trade Union Congress. However, the company is still active in the Cajamarca-Tolima region. The company’s presence in Colombia has often been bulwarked by paramilitary organisations. One of these, calling itself “Black Eagles New Generation” (Aguilas Negras Nueva Generacion), is accused of declaring its opponents to be a “military objective.”