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Created Fri 11/11/2016, Last Updated Fri 11/11/2016

Hundreds gather for anniversary of mine catastrophe in Brazil

On 5 November, over 800 people, including a delegation from IndustriALL, BHP unions from Australia, Brazil, Chile and Colombia, gathered along with representatives from social movements in the ghost town of Bento Rodriguez to demand justice for those affected by and punishment for those responsible for the dam collapse in 2015.

The event was organized by the Movimento dos Atingidos por Barragens (MAB), a social movement that defends people affected by dams.

Addressing the crowd, IndustriALL assistant general secretary Kemal Özkan said:

“We bring a message of solidarity from the global family of mineworkers to all those affected. This was no accident; it was a premeditated crime. We are deeply saddened at the devastation and loss of life. But we are also angry, angry that companies continue to put profits before people.”

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