Home > News > World
Saturday July 5, 2014 MYT 7:15:02 AM
Saturday July 5, 2014 MYT 7:44:24 AM
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia's security forces fired shots in the air to break up a protest at an ArcelorMittal SA iron ore plant northeast of the capital on Friday, authorities and witnesses said.
The protesters, who also fired shots, blocked entries to the mine, the company's railroad and offices. The company said in a statement they also entered the mines and looted equipment and building materials near the mine entrance, causing significant damage.
One demonstrator, who declined to be named, said ArcelorMittal had not fulfilled the terms of its concession agreement with the Liberian government. The person added that the company had not compensated local people for crops, nor had it paid wages or renovated houses.
The Indian steel and mining conglomerate operates the plant in Nimba County under a 25-year deal with the government.
"Ringleaders, including those who shot at the police, have been arrested and are being brought to Monrovia for further investigation and prosecution," the presidency said in a statement.
The statement assured investors that the government would protect their lives and property. It said police had restored calm to the city of Yekepa where the mine is situated, following the protest, which began on Thursday.
The West African state is recovering after a long civil war that ended in 2003. ArcelorMittal, BHP and other companies have moved into the country to tap iron ore reserves.
(Reporting by Alphonso Toweh and Clair MacDougall; Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Jan Paschal)
China police detain 24 after anti-incinerator protest - newspaper
U.S. to train Liberian armed forces to help tackle Ebola crisis
Venezuela arrests 64 for anti-Maduro protests - rights group
IMF says Ebola hits economic growth in West Africa
Ebola seriously threatens Liberia's national existence: minister
Border standoff dominates China Xi's visit to India
Netherlands may contribute F-16 fighter planes to counter IS - report
EU 'disappointed' at little progress by Iran on nuclear issue
Assad's army stretched but still seen strong in Syria's war
India's Modi calls for early settlement of China border issue
Russia's Putin says sanctions violate principles of WTO
Friendly Down Under
Developing world revives nuclear power prospects, but yet to commit
Junior Eldstal banking on birthday luck to beat Saudis
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)