The multinational gold mining company, AngloGold Ashanti, has taken legal action against a small town in central Colombia after its citizens allegedly prohibited the mining company’s employees’ freedom of movement.
The Colombian branch of the South African-based, London-listed gold mining conglomerate is taking the municipality of Piedras in the central Colombian department of Tolima to court claiming that the town is breaching the right of their employees’ freedom of movement. Citizens of Piedras started a road block around the municipality two weeks ago. Protestors were up in arms over the company’s plans to build a large ore processing plant for their proposed “La Colosa” mine nearby.
See also Stigmatisation of Campesinos and Environmentalists opposing La Colosa Gold Mine, http://www.colombiasolidarity.org.uk/urgent-actions/589-stigmatisation-of-campesinos-and-environmentalists-opposing-la-colosa-gold-mine.