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There’s Mounting Grassroots Opposition to a Chinese Mining Company’s Desire to Expand its Operations in Northern Ghana

A small-scale mining site once mined by Chinese miners is pictured on June 15, 2013 in Dunkwa-on-Offin in the center of Ghana. AFP PHOTO / CHRIS STEIN Chris Stein / AFP

A coalition of grassroots organizations that includes women’s groups, small-scale miners’ and human rights organizations are all protesting against the Chinese-owned Shaanxi Mining Company’s plans to expand its operations in the northern district of Talensi.

This is just the latest bout of tension between Shaanxi Mining and the local community since the company arrived in 2008. Last year, residents protested against the company for the deaths of 17 miners who were killed in a gas explosion. 

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