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“Carnival of Dirt” hits at mining finance in UK capital

19. June 2012,

Last Friday (15 June 2012), some 200 demonstrators marched in a funeral procession through London, aimed at highlighting human rights abuses by the minerals industry against communities and workers, and the killing of anti-mining activists.

This highly-colourful “Carnival of Dirt” was led by a brass band and a Congolese choiar, and addressed by a number of speakers. Those participating represented some thirty different organisations, including a number of migrant groups from D.R. Congo, Nigeria, West Papua, Peru, Colombia & the Philippines.

Among the London protestors’ coporate targets were London-listed Rio Tinto, Vedanta, Glencore, BHP Billiton, Anglo American and Xstrata.

They occupied the steps of the London Stock Exchange and gathered outside the London Metal Exchange, making the link between mine financing and metals’ price “fixing”, for which the UK capital city has a unique responsibilty.

A report on the action can be accessed at:

http://www.minesandcommunities.org/

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