Tensions flare over environmental threat of Canadian gold mine in Kyrgyzstan (The Guardian)

7 January 2016

(7 January 2016) “High up in the mountains, the Canadian company Centerra Gold is digging for gold at Kumtor, the biggest open-pit mine in Central Asia. It’s a process that requires controversial “ice mining” to dig into glaciers and release the precious metal in the rock below.

Fears about the environmental impact of the mine and anger over who is benefiting have sparked protests over the past five years targeting Kumtor. But opposing the mine is dangerous, according to local activists who say they have been subject to threats, harassment and violence.”

 
To read in full the Guardian article by Claire Provost and Ryskeldi Satke, please click here.