SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile´s mining business was operating as regular regardless of the violent protests which have rocked the capital, Santiago, and different cities internationally´s prime copper producer, Mining Minister Baldo Prokurica stated on Sunday.
The protests over a rise in public transport prices prompted President Sebastian Pinera to reverse the fare hikes and declare a state of emergency.
Prokurica informed Reuters in an electronic mail that the entire nation´s mines, together with these owned by the world´s prime copper producer, Codelco, had been working usually. Chile is house to a number of of the world´s largest miners, together with BHP Group Ltd, Anglo American Plc, Teck Sources Ltd and Antofagasta Plc.
“There have been no assaults (on the mines). Quite the opposite, they’re working usually,” Prokurica stated.
Prokurica added that the businesses had taken measures to make sure shift staff might enter the mines regardless of countrywide transportation blockages.
Main streets and highways round Santiago had been shut down over the weekend, and flights out and in of the town had been suspended or canceled as crew members and airport workers had been unable to get to work.
Most of Chile´s main mines are positioned within the northern third of the nation, removed from inhabitants facilities.
Reporting by Fabian Cambero; Writing by Dave Sherwood; Modifying by Peter Cooney