Chile urges miners to halt protest

- AFP, SANTIAGO

Dec 29, 2016-

The Chilean government on Tuesday asked 75 miners to end a strike that began nearly a month ago when the workers shut themselves 650 meters (710 yards) underground. Miners of the private copper deposit located in the town of Curanilahue have been striking underground for 23 days to demand state aid to restart production at the mine, whose owners have filed for bankruptcy. The workers intensified the protest on Christmas Eve by bringing their family members into the mine, located about 550 kilometers (340 miles) south of Santiago. Demonstrators accuse the government of failing to reach a deal with other private companies to acquire the mine and keep it running. Mahmud Aleuy, Chile’s undersecretary of the interior, told journalists the government has delivered 2.3 billion pesos ($3.4 million) “in various bonds and support... that should bring this to an end.” He said actions have been taken to allow private investors to purchase the mine, and ruled out additional government action. (AFP)

Published: 29-12-2016 09:25

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