Ecuador: Small-Scale Miners Questioning Large-Scale Interests in Southern Amazon

Only days after small-scale and artisanal miners pronounced themselves in favor of land use planning and against large scale mining in Ecuador’s southern Amazon, a heavy deployment of police and military was ordered to evict a group of these miners for alleged environmental damages.

According to a press bulletin issued by the province [of Zamora Chinchipe], leaders of small-scale and artisanal mining operations were asking, “How is it possible that we are treated as illegal on our own land while multinational companies get all the support?” The same bulletin cited provincial leaders who acknowledged that the “environmental impacts of small-scale mining are worrying, however, we will not allow evictions to take place that will give way to multinational interests.”

To read the full article, please follow this link to the Upside Down World online magazine.

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