Tanzanian Representative Illegally denied Entry into Barrick Gold AGM
Occupy Protest highlight voices of Communities Affected by Barrick Gold
Amani Mhinda traveled from Tanzania to speak out against
Barrick Gold's abuses at their mines sites there. However, despite
holding a legal proxy to enter the meeting, his entry to that meeting
"As part of Civil Society Movement in Tanzania and Citizens of Tanzania
we would like an end to atrocities and human rights abuses which has
come to be associated with Canadian mining investment. I am here to
represent Ms. Otaigo, who died in April because she drank poisonous
water next to Barrick's North Mara Mine," said Amani. "Clearly, Barrick
denied my entrance because they wanted to cover up the abuses that their
company is responsible for."
Other advocates were able to attend Barrick's meeting, reading
statements from the communities in Papua New Guinea and an Indigenous
community in Northern Chile.
"Our request – the solution – is to relocate our people to an area where
we can live away from the mine, away from the daily environmental
hazards, the militarization, the detentions, the shootings and the
rapes," read the statement from the Porgera Alliance in Papua New
Guinea. "When will you acknowledge the harms that your company has cause
and work towards resolving these issues? We need to work towards long
terms solutions today."
The statement from the Diaguita Huascoaltinos Community in Chile
highlighted the will of the Huascoaltinos to oppose the mine. The
Diaguita Huascoaltinos have a case against Chile in the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights, because of Chile's approval of Barrick's
Pascua Lama Project.
Despite being barred from the meeting, Amani and other advocates were
able to tell their stories to a crowd of people outside the meeting who
had gathered for the AGM protest and Occupy Toronto encampment.
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