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Earth Day blockade at massive mine site in the Philipines

22 Apr

A big effigy of President Benigno Aquino III burns in Koranadal City Saturday, last year, December 10, 2011, where anti-mining protesters ended a five-day march to oppose the proposed open-pit mining of Sagitarrius Mines, Inc. on the boundaries of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Davao del Sur. Source: MindaNews, photo by Toto Lozano

Yesterday, vehicles blocked the way to the development site of the foreign-backed Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI) in Tampakan town, Philippines. But is unclear who exactly was behind these blockades.

For some weeks now, members of the B’laan tribe in Bong Mal have set up their own barricades against SMI, in protest of the mining firm’s plan to relocate them out of their ancestral lands.

Ryan Lariba, spokesman of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan in the Soccsksargen Region, tagged SMI and the military as behind the blockade of the solidarity mission caravan.

Lariba said some 500 people from the religious, indigenous peoples and militant groups were bound for Bong Mal to mark Earth Day on Sunday when vehicles stopped them in Barangay Pula Bato. The Tampakan project is touted as the largest known undeveloped copper-gold deposit in Southeast Asia Continue reading