Deep divisions in fight over mine
Claims of environmental degradation, threats of violence and court battles surround a once peaceful patch of Loei marred by the discovery of gold
When gold-bearing copper was discovered in them there hills, Loei villagers were expected to let the company walk in and take it. And they did, until their crops failed, their water was no longer fit to drink and their neighbours began getting sick, very sick.
Slim pickings: Local villagers searching for gold among waste from the mine.
Thus began a David and Goliath kind of battle that was not expected to happen. A group of poor mountain villagers shouldn’t dare to take on a mining company, its wealthy parent company and a retired military leader — but they did.
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