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Striking Miners Grind Bolivian Mine to a Halt

Hundreds of striking miners in Bolivia have occupied a hydro-electric station which supplies power to the San Cristobal mine. The mine is owned by Japanese company Sumitomo Corp and it is located in the southern Potosi region.

The silver, zinc and lead mine has been forced to suspend some operations partially stopping production. It is extracting ore but not processing it. Other mining companies Coeur D'Alene and Glencore reported that anti-government protests had brought their mining operations to a standstill on Wednesday.

Protesters are demanding government investment in their region including expansion of the airport, new roads and construction of a cement factory. The protesters have also been staging hunger strikes demanding President Evo Morales visit the area and negotiate with them.

The Government has refused to use force to break the blockade. With road and air links blocked, food supplies are running low and some foreign tourists have been stranded. The general strike has been running for the past fortnight.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel relocated to Australia in 1995 from the United Kingdom and spent five years working in the mining industry as an exploration geotechnician. His role involved utilizing GIS mapping and CAD software. Upon transitioning to the North Coast of NSW, Australia, Joel embarked on a career as a graphic designer at a well-known consultancy firm. Subsequently, he established a successful web services business catering to companies across the eastern seaboard of Australia. It was during this time that he conceived and launched News-Medical.Net. Joel has been an integral part of AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000. Joel possesses a keen interest in exploring the boundaries of technology, comprehending its potential impact on society, and actively engaging with AI-driven solutions and advancements.


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