Gold miner faces global protests as it rekindles a mine with a violent legacy


by Ian Morse

  • Three years after the Papua New Guinea government refused to renew its license, the Porgera gold mine is now on track to reopen.
  • The mine will relaunch under joint ownership of the government and mine operator Barrick Gold.
  • Activists in PNG have joined global protests against Barrick, saying the new agreement does not address a legacy of violence and environmental damage, and drawing parallels between Porgera and Barrick’s mines in Tanzania and Pakistan.

Activists from Papua New Guinea, where a controversial gold mine is inching toward reopening, have joined a campaign of global protests ahead of the annual general meeting of Canada-based Barrick Gold.

Barrick, the world’s second-largest gold mining company, plans to hold its annual general meeting on May 2, reporting “mutual prosperity” through partnerships with countries and communities where it works. People living near several of the company’s mines, however, took to the streets to protest what they describe as persistent environmental destruction and violence against locals.

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