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Activists interfere with international mining conference in Finland

27 Nov

“There is no such thing as socially and environmentally sustainable mining!”

Disruption of mining conference in Espoo, Finland, Nov 2012

Today in Espoo, Finland, a meeting of bureaucrats and industrialists  entitled Conference on Socially and Environmentally Responsible Mining was disrupted by the group Hyökyaalto (“Tidal wave). The following statement was released today:

With the Northern mining boom the mining industry, famous for it’s chemical emissions, is threatening waters and ecosystems in various locations, where clean nature offers the most possibilities for local people. It is grotesque that the people involved gather to discuss the mining industry as a sustainable activity while every emergency dam in the Talvivaara mine is leaking poisonous waste into Vuoksi waters.

The action is a protest against the industry and the state’s attempt to legitimize mining by discussing its “sustainability”. Continue reading