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HRD Attack

6 Apr 2020

Ifugao indigenous community

Incident date
6 Apr 2020
Date accuracy
All Correct
Ifugao indigenous community
Not applicable
Indigenous peoples
Beatings & violence
Target: Group, Organisation or Institution
Location of Incident: Philippines
OceanaGold Australia Mining Company Response
Other actors

Sources

On April 6, 2020, a peaceful community barricade at a mining site in Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines, was violently dispersed by police. The Ifugao indigenous peoples’ barricade was set up in July 2019, following the expiration of Canadian-Australian mining company OceanaGold’s mining permit. Reportedly, police accompanied three diesel tankers and stormed the barricade to allow the tankers into the mine site. The diesel was said to be used to pump water seeping into the mining tunnels of OceanaGold’s suspended operations. The community barricade, set up by the municipal government of Kasibu and local indigenous people, refused to disperse as the letter reportedly contradicted local government and court orders to suspend the operations of OceanaGold’s copper-gold mine. The communities’ peaceful blockade of the road was met with violent action by the police who beat and arrested community leader Rolando Pulido and wounded others. OceanaGold specifically denies any violent attempt to run the road blockade.