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Antam’s Pongkor gold mine attacked

September 24, 2008 - 03:16 GMT Location: Singapore

KEYWORDS: Antam , gold , Pongkor , Indonesia

Artisan miners attacked Indonesia’s state-owned PT Aneka Tambang (Antam)’s gold mine in Pongkor, West Java, on September 19, though mining and gold processing activities have not been affected, a company spokesman told MB

The disturbance erupted when the miners confronted local police after they had conducted a joint security operation on illegal gold mining activities, the spokesman said. Forty four miners alleged to be involved in illegal activities were taken for questioning by the authorities. Around 700 artisan miners gathered at Pongkor and demanded the release of their colleagues. "[They] smashed the windows...

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