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B2Gold open-pit mine faces mass protest in Nicaragua

Monday, March 25, 2013

The grassroots pushback against open-pit gold mining in Nicaragua has spread to the community of Rancho Grande, where hundreds of local campesino residents last Thursday flooded the streets in a dust-cloud protest march against Canadian mining company B2Gold.

Some 5,000 residents of this rural mountain town of in the department Matagalpa marched in defense of their property, patrimony and Mother Nature.

The residents of Rancho Grande are concerned that their abundant natural resources and the wellbeing of their community would be put in jeopardy by B2Gold’s plans to exploit the “El Pavón” open-pit gold mine.

Source: Nicaragua Dispatch