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article image'Corporate zombies' protest Goldcorp, open-pit mining (video) Special

By Andrew Moran     Jul 22, 2010 in Business
Toronto - During the International Day of Action against Open Pit Mining, Toronto activists, dressed as corporate zombies, took to the streets of the financial centre of the city to protest Goldcorp and "other unethical Canadian mining companies.”
Open-pit mining is a method of extracting rock or minerals from the Earth by their removal from open pits or borrow pits otherwise known as a sand box. There are open-pit mines in at least 18 nations, including Canada, Australia, Colombia, Chile, Peru and the United States.
Materials such as gold, coal, diamonds, nickel, limestone, marble, and others are extracted from open-pit mines.
Activists and critics say open-pit mining poses a dangerous threat to the environment. According to CTV News, a recent federal independent review panel concluded that a proposed open-pit gold-copper mine near Williams Lake, British Columbia would cause environmental damage to fish, habitat, cultural heritage and the future use of lands and resources.
Megan  a corporate zombie.
Megan, a corporate zombie.
Corporate zombies at open-pit mining protest.
Corporate zombies at open-pit mining protest.
Thursday was the second annual International Day of Action against Open-Pit Mining, which took place in Latin America and in Canadian cities, including Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa. Organizers planned demonstrations in front of mining corporate offices and consulates in Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela, Argentina and other parts of Latin America.
A march also took place in front of the Toronto Stock Exchange earlier in the afternoon.
Activists dressed as corporate zombies protested “the most brutal form of mineral exploitation.” Other members of the protest spoke to people interested in the purpose of the demonstration and explained the deaths and environmental harm that has transpired from open-pit mining.
“We’re corporate zombies because Goldcorp in Guatemala is killing people in Latin America and other places. They’re contaminating the water,” stated Megan, an activist at the rally. “Goldcorp in Guatemala has actually been ordered by the UN Commission and the Guatemala government to shut down but the people from the company are saying, ‘you can’t just come here with a bunch of soldiers to shut down a mine’ but they actually came there with a bunch of soldiers to open up the mine in the first place.”
Activist holding a sign.
Activist holding a sign.
Signs at open-pit mining demonstration.
Signs at open-pit mining demonstration.
Megan further added that the local villagers, who own the land, are not receiving any forms of compensation. They will also, according to Megan, be forced to live with the agricultural and environmental effects “forever.”
According to the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America, Canadian open-pit mining companies have been responsible for human rights violations and environmental damage for the past several years, which has been reported in the media.
“As more than 60% of the world’s mining companies are Canadian, the aim of this action is to recall Canada’s role and its close ties through grants, diplomatic and consular support, investments in the Canadian Pension Plan, tax benefits, etc., with this industry heavily tainted by scandals,” states the organization in a press release.
Activist s shirt stating the dangers of open-pit mining.
Activist's shirt stating the dangers of open-pit mining.
Activist s shirt stating the dangers of open-pit mining.
Activist's shirt stating the dangers of open-pit mining.
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