Argentine police beats up environmentalists protesting mining projects: 24 injured

At least 24 people were injured after Argentine police using rubber bullets, tear gas, dogs and riot vehicles violently cleared demonstrators blocking a national route to protest a mining project by Swiss and Canadian companies in the northeast of the country. Catamarca Home Secretary Gordillo “we were ordered to clear the route, but this does not justify the police action” Catamarca Home Secretary Gordillo “we were ordered to clear the route, but this does not justify the police action” Heavy clashes broke out early Friday when police riot forces attacked the protestors who are objecting a controversial project in the Tinogasta mining district, La Alumbrera belonging to Switzerland’s Xstrata Cooper and Goldcorp Inc and Yamana Gold from Canada. The Police was issued with a court order to clear the route way, in order to allow twelve trucks containing mining production-related materials to pass through. Following the incidents Catamarca province Home Secretary Francisco Gordillo said the Police was only making effective a court order but also rejected the degree of violence employed which left 24 people injured, half of them in hospital. “We receive orders from the Justice branch and make effective court orders. It is part of our responsibilities as government, we are highly distressed with what happened”, admitted Gordillo who added he has ordered an administrative investigation into the incidents. “We had to clear the route, that was the court order, but this in no way justifies what the police have done”, added Gordillo http://en.mercopress.com/2012/02/11/argentine-police-beats-up-environmentalists-protesting-mining-projects-24-injured

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