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Published by MAC on 2001-05-01

Extra material from Michael Gray of the PARTiZANS
(People Against Rio Tinto [Zinc] And its Subsidiaries):-

"Rio Tinto have constantly attempted to block the people of East Yorkshire, England from finding out what they were doing in their operations at the Capper Pass Tin Smelter near Hull. The former plant is linked to causing a high incidence of illnesses and deaths with the local population and employees.

The people affected brought a class action against Rio Tinto, which is set to have the potential for unprecedented damages within the UK. However, Rio Tinto have been using dirty tactics to avoid release of documents relating to employees health and also public documents whereby they refused to give consent.

Rio Tinto claims to be environmentally friendly and caring in their approach to indigenous peoples. But this cannot be further from the truth. Even in their home country they set about poisoning a county which was densely populated, wreaking havoc on the environment, local people, including young children who played in a school grounds whilst their chimney threw out poisonous radioactive materials.

Even the British Government covered up their wrong doings as far back as the early 1970's and they got away with it and thanks to the British Judicial system, they have never been prosecuted for the illnesses, Deaths and breaches of health and Safety Law in the UK. This company has friends in high places in the UK and anyone that stands with Rio Tinto or has stakes in the company has the blood of many people on their hands. I believe that Rio Tinto are responsible for my father's death and I know that I will be able to prove this soon."

Max Watts has written an article on Capper Pass "How Rio Tinto broke the 11th commandment - being caught...", which has been published in Green Left Weekly #412 on July 19, 2000.

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