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Over 300 civil society organisations sign statement condemning mining industry COVID-19 response

"Global Solidarity with Communities, Indigenous Peoples and Workers at Risk from Mining Pandemic Profiteers", 2 June 2020.

...We, the undersigned organizations, condemn and reject the ways that the mining industry and numerous governments are taking advantage of the pandemic to manufacture new mining opportunities and establish a positive public image...These actions pose an immediate threat to the health and safety of communities and organizations that have been struggling to defend public health and their environments against the destruction and devastation of mining extractivism for decades...Based on a collective analysis emerging from conversations with affected communities, workers, and civil society organizations, we have identified the following trends that exemplify this threat...

One: Mining companies are ignoring the real threats of the pandemic and continuing to operate, using any means available...

Two: Governments around the world are taking extraordinary measures to shut down legitimate protests and promote the mining sector...

Three: Mining companies are using the pandemicas an opportunity to hidetheir dirty track records and present themselves as public-minded saviours...

Four: Mining companies and governments are using the crisis to secure regulatory change that favours the industry at the expense of people and planet...

We reject the central claimthat mining represents an essential service either now or for the period of economic recovery...We stand in solidarity with the frontline communities, Indigenous peoples and workers most affectedby the COVID-19 crisis and the mining industry's response...