Riots break out in Porgera, Papua New Guinea,
after Toronto-based Barrick Gold's security kills several local miners.
Reporting by activist Jethro Tulin, of the
Akali Tange Association, a local human rights
organization. Jethro has visited Canada many times to advocate around
compensating victims of mine-related violence and collectively
resettling the population away from the mine. This is the violence that
exists surround Barrick's mines in PNG, Tanzania, and Peru.
Jethro's first update Tuesday, Dec. 3 10pm (EST): More than 5 local miners shot death by Barrick PJV security and
state mobile task force at the Porgera mine site yesterday afternoon.
Stand off between Mine operator, Police and local miners intensify as
local miners invade Porgera station and Paiam town at this hour of
posting. It looks like a peaceful protest by locals.
Around Midnight, Dec. 3: Chaos
in Porgera now. Thousand mobs rampage Porgera station and heading in
direction of the mine site. Most likely there will be confrontation.
Wed. December 3, 5am: Update on Porgera News, one more local was shot dead
in the afternoon hours of today when raging mobs marched towards Paiam
town. According to eye witness the victim received bullet wounds on the
head. The shooting occurred at Pogema bridge. It is believed Police
blocked marching crowd from advancing towards Paiam when confrontation
triggered of shooting. Soon after, the raging mobs returned towards
Porgera in rampage and anything on their way was destroyed. The rioting
crowd advanced towards the mine site but police I think managed to take
control. Meanwhile nightshift employees commuting to work from Paiaim
and Porgera station areas have been advised not to show up for work.
Situation still tense at the moment. The dead toll is not confirmed yet
hence, figures are from hear say and confirm number of deaths will be
posted when the final numbers are collected from relatives of victims.