On 2 June, thousands gathered to block the main road to Rio Tinto’s QMM mine in Madagascar. This protest follows an offer of a compensation and indemnification payment by the mining company, which many say falls far short of the value of the losses suffered by the local community in terms of their environment, health, and lives.
LUSUD, a local community organisation, is now facing repression for its organising. Two of its officials have been informed there are warrants for their arrest. For more information, see the below statement from the Collective for the Defence of Malagasy Lands (TANY):