Argentina: anti-mining protesters chase off president

Chubut

Protesters against a mining project pelted stones at the vehicle of Argentina’s President Alberto Fern├índez on a visit to southern Chubut province March 13, forcing him to flee the scene. The incident took place at the pueblo of Lago Puelo, in an area recently affected by devastating forest fires. Fern├índez was assailed as soon as he tried to step out of the car, with protesters chanting slogans against both him and provincial governor Mariano Arcioni. Fern├índez cut short his tour, and after escaping the confrontation was whisked from the area by Federal Police helicopter. The Chubut provincial legislature is considering a measure to allow Canadian firm Pan American Silver to move ahead with its $1 billion Navidad mining project, but the vote has been held up by protest mobilizations by communities opposed the project, under the slogan “No is no.” (Europa Press, Diario Junio, Entre Rios)

The province of Chubut has been the scene of repeated anti-mining protests in recent years.

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