A government spokesman in southeastern Bolivia reports that protesters have set fire to the offices of a Japanese mining subsidiary. Potosi state spokesman Percy Duran says the demonstrators invaded the
offices of the San Cristobal Mine, on the border with Chile about 300
miles (500 kilometers) southwest of the Bolivian capital of La Paz. The extent of Friday’s damage was unknown. The protests are linked to concerns over contamination of local water supplies by the mining operations.

Source; http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9F4BASO0.htm

Protesters on Monday began the blockade of the rail line, which allows the huge San Cristobal silver-lead-zinc mine to export ore to foreign markets via neighboring Chile.

“Our demands are fair and must be met. The mine is ransacking our natural resources. We want compensation for the damage and … we want help with our development,” protest leader Mario Mamani told local
radio network Erbol.

He said protesters had seized control of 80 loaded containers of ore, overturned several of them, and stormed a small San Cristobal office near the border with Chile.

According to local media reports, the San Cristobal protesters were also demanding drinking water and electricity for their communities in the Andean highlands.

Source; http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1615291820100416?type=marketsNews

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