Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Denver Post: 12 held in fire set at mine camp

Exploration site run by Newmont. About 50 people marched at the remote Indonesian facility March 19, setting up to 20 buildings ablaze.

Indonesian police have arrested 12 people suspected of setting fire last week to a remote exploration camp operated by Denver-based Newmont Mining Corp.

The suspects were apprehended Sunday at Ropang village on Sumbawa Island. Eight people, including four police officers, were injured during the arrests, police told reporters in Indonesia. Two key suspects escaped, police said.

About 50 people marched on Newmont's Elang camp on Sumbawa in central Indonesia on March 19, setting fire to as many as 20 buildings. No one was hurt.

Some news reports from Indonesia have said the attackers demanded $1.1 million in compensation for community development from Newmont. But company officials said they received no demands related to the arson.


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