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Despite evidence that the Indonesian army killed three teachers working for Freeport-Rio Tinto at th

Published by MAC on 2004-03-04


Despite evidence that the Indonesian army killed three teachers working for Freeport-Rio Tinto at the company's huge Grasberg mine in West Papua two years ago (see related story), the troops are to stay. Meanwhile the mining company has quietly re-employed a former mine-safety officer whose job was also "terminated" two years ago as part of a so-called "localization" programme. The officer's task will be to stabilise the pit walls that collapsed last October, killing seven miners and injuring others.

Contrary to assertions in the article reproduced here, this disaster was neither the first nor last to afflict this hugely damaging mine (see Major disaster strikes Freeport; Corporate Killing at Freeport and Yet another pit fall).

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