South America

"Environmental Rights Leader Assasinated in Peru"

"Rojas Gonzales was fighting dam constructions which many say would displace thousands and destroy the Amazon.

A community leader and environmental activist was killed in Peru in a suspected repression tactic earlier this week, local media reported Monday.

Hitler Ananias Rojas Gonzales, 34, was struck by five bullets in his hometown Yagen in northern Peru, the Indigenous rights portal Servindi reported.

Rojas Gonzales was an adamant opponent of dam constructions on the River Marañon carried out by the Brazilian corporation Odebrecht."

Source: teleSUR, 12/30/2015

"Vale Workers Fear for Safety After Brazil's Samarco Disaster"

"Workers at Brazilian iron ore miner Vale SA fear for their safety after the Samarco dam burst in the town of Mariana, where the company was reducing the number of employees because of weak ore prices, despite its push for output and complaints about safety."

Source: Reuters, 11/25/2015
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