Philippines rebels warn off foreign firms after raid on Xstrata mine

Author: David Teather, Guardian [UK], Published on: 3 January 2008

Communist rebels in the Philippines have attacked a copper mine controlled by Xstrata and threatened further violence against "foreign capitalists" exploiting the country's natural resources…The group described the latest raid as "an important milestone in the effort to put a stop to the firm's destructive and plunderous mining operations, defend the ancestral domain of the B'laan tribe; [and] protect the environmental balance…” A spokesman for Xstrata said…"We have strong government support for the project and strong community support for development in that region. We are committed to developing the mine in a responsible manner, just as we are in any project."

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Related companies: Xstrata (part of Glencore)