October 06, 2006

Deadly Clash Between Miners in Huanuni (in Altiplano)

MABB © ®

It seems that there is a small war going on up in the Andes. According to news reports, on Thursday there was a serious confrontation among two groups of mine-workers. The result of this confrontation is 12 dead and 57 wounded. The bulk of the injured came after a miner threw a stick of dynamite in to the buildings where the mining company kept its explosives. (graphic from La Razon)


The confrontation was between two groups of miners. One group is known as asalariados (salaried), and are the employees of the mining company operating there. The second group is known as cooperativistas (cooperativists), and these are basically freelancer miners who work on their own, but organized in cooperatives. The conflict was apparently due to the news the cooperativistas got from the government which said the mine's (Huanuni mine) shares would not be transferred to the cooperatives. This triggered a reaction, which ended up in bloodshed. See images here.


If you want to get an idea of what cooperativistas are, I can suggest you to watch the "Devil's Miner". (see my post about the film)

See below some news links:

Nine dead, 60 injured in Bolivia mining clash
Reuters via Yahoo! News Thu, 05 Oct 2006 6:56 PM PDT
At least nine people died and 60 were wounded on Thursday as miners fighting for control of tin mines, including one of the world's biggest, battled each other with dynamite in western Bolivia.

Eight dead in Bolivia mining clash
Reuters via Yahoo! News Thu, 05 Oct 2006 1:41 PM PDT
The death toll rose to eight in fighting between state-paid and independent miners over who has the right to work in tin mines in western Bolivia, a government official said on Thursday.

Mine clashes kill nine in Bolivia
BBC News Thu, 05 Oct 2006 6:10 PM PDT
Clashes between state-employed and independent miners leave at least nine dead at Bolivia's largest tin mine.

Mine clashes kill 12 in Bolivia
BBC News Thu, 05 Oct 2006 6:12 PM PDT
Clashes between state-employed and independent miners leave 12 dead at Bolivia's largest tin mine.

9 Dead, 40 Hurt in Clash at Bolivia Mine
Los Angeles Times Thu, 05 Oct 2006 6:49 PM PDT
LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Two rival mine groups fought Thursday with guns and dynamite over access to one of South America's richest tin mines, leaving nine dead and at least 40 injured, the country's vice president said.

LatAm Hails Bolivia Evo Morales Victory (and more...)
From the Wilderness Publications Thu, 05 Oct 2006 3:35 AM PDT
December 21, 2005 LatAm Hails Bolivia Evo Morales' Victory - by Prensa Latina With comment by Jamey Hecht (read this story) Politics or Not, Bronx Warmly Receives Venezuelan Heating Oil - by Michelle Garcia, Washington Post (read this story) Farmers dig deep to save money on fuel - by 9news.com (read this story) Food crisis feared as

9 Dead, 40 Hurt in Clash at Bolivia Mine
Forbes - NY,USA
... The fight pitted independent miners allied with President Evo Morales against those employed by Bolivia's state mining company. ...

Bolivia Delegation Urges US to Notify Ex-President Sanchez de ...
Democracy Now - New York,NY,USA
A Bolivian delegation is in the United States this week to urge the US government to notify Bolivia's ex-President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and two of his ...

Brazil, Bolivia energy ministers postpone meeting
Reuters - USA
LA PAZ, Bolivia, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Bolivia and Brazil have postponed a meeting between their energy ministers to negotiate new operating conditions and natural ...

Twelve dead in Bolivia mine clashes
Aljazeera.net - Qatar
At least 12 people have been killed and 57 injured in Bolivia in clashes between state-employed and independent tin miners, the interior ministry said. ...

Rival mining groups battle in Bolivia; 9 killed
International Herald Tribune - France
LA PAZ, Bolivia Two rival mine groups fought with guns and explosives over access to one of South America's richest tin mines, leaving 9 dead and at least 40 ...

Take a look as well at the Bolivia: full coverage plus the featured articles and the opinion and editorials sections on Bolivia in Yahoo News. Here are the dramatic images.