[Marxism] Bougainville: Rio Tinto faces war crimes allegations in bid to reopen mine

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Mon Feb 25 20:27:44 MST 2013


British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto is seriously contemplating
reopening its Bougainville copper and gold mine, Reuters reported on
February 7.

Situated on Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) eastern border with the Solomon
Islands, the company's Bougainville operation was forcefully closed down in
November 1988 by traditional landowners who objected to the
mine’s environmental and social effects.

A bloody civil war ensued, which took up to 20,000 lives on an island of
175,000 people. The war crimes committed by government security forces in
the conflict were horrific.

Rio Tinto stands accused of being complicit in these atrocities.
full article: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/53429
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