Gold Miners Persevere During Burkina Faso Uprising
Source: Canadian Mining Journal (4/21/11)
"As violent protests spread throughout the nation, it was business as usual at major mines."
The citizenry has been restless since February due to rising food costs, high crime rates and the slow pace of reforms in President Blaise Compaore's government. But last week, the military fired shots and demanded promised housing and food allowances from the government. The violent protests spread to other cities outside the capital.
Reports sometimes vary about what happens in small, west African countries, and that depends on who is reporting. What we do know is that the protests did not interrupt production for Canadian gold miners in Burkina Faso. It was business as usual for Semafo, Goldrush Resources, IamGold, High River Gold Mines, Orezone Gold and Volta Resources.