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Sierra Leone News: Unrest halts London mining operations for hours

London MiningFollowing community unrest at London Mining’s Marampa site, management of the company has announced that operations resumed after several hours.
At approximately 07:30, London Mining personnel were made aware of illegal trespassers on its Marampa mine site.Upon investigation, London Mining came upon up to 100 youth, from villages adjacent to the mining concession.
As employee safety is the priority of London Mining, the Company immediately halted its mining operations and the Sierra Leone Police were contacted who immediately deployed the Local Unit Commander to contain the situation.
According to London Mining,employees did not sustain any injury but that there has been some minor damage to the Company property.London Mining takes this matter very seriously and will work in close collaboration with local authorities to resolve the matter in a constructive fashion.
However there is no immediate known cause for the unrest but the Ministry of Mines and Mineral Resources views with grave concern the community unrest at London Mining Company’s Marampa site.
As investigations into the causes of the disturbances continue, the ministry wishes to advise members of the Marampa community that the laws of the land have established procedures for addressing community concerns relating to mining operations, and all concerned are therefore strictly warned to be law abiding and not to take the law into their hands.
Aggrieved community members are advised to relay their concerns to the Ministry, through the National Minerals Agency, which will ensure an amicable resolution according to law. The Agency, together with representatives of the Marampa community and Management of London Mining Company, is already looking into several issues brought by the community such as the Manonkoh flooding issue, with the view of finding a lasting solution.
The Ministry therefore will not tolerate any act of lawlessness that has the tendency to undermine such efforts to resolve issues peacefully, and disrupt the development of the minerals sector.
The prompt action of the Police to contain the situation is highly commended.
While reaffirming its commitment to promoting the rights of communities, the Ministry also has a responsibility to protect licensed investors and their investment in the country.
All concerned individuals and communities are therefore warned to desist forthwith from illegal actions aimed at disrupting mining operations, and to channel all grievances through official means.
Friday November 08, 2013

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