Trouble in Belinga, Gabon
The Rainforest Foundation UK tells us of Trouble in Belinga, in Gabon in west-central Africa. Gabon has huge reserves of minerals and there is a project to mine iron ore of which there could be about one billion tonnes. The CMEC Corporation, a Chinese state-owned business, is doing this jointly with the government of Gabon.
Activists such as Marc Ona have questioned the likely benefits of the mining for the people of Gabon and as a result they have suffered intimidation and harassment.
An international campaign has led to a temporary suspension of the project and Marc Ona has been released from detention.
Update, 2 May 2009: see this recent article by Ben Block.
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