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Kyrgyz Villagers Block Road To Canadian-Operated Mine


http://gdb.rferl.org/277dc749-1ea9-4180-bdff-1664fd8c0afd_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/277dc749-1ea9-4180-bdff-1664fd8c0afd_mw800_mh600.jpg The site of the Kumtor gold mine (file photo) (official site) May 7, 2007 -- About 200 Kyrgyz villagers blocked a road to a Canadian-operated gold mine for a fourth day today.


They are protesting the suspension of compensation payments by the firm Centerra Gold Inc. for damages caused by a 1998 chemical spill in their region.


Centerra Gold is a joint venture that operates the Kumtor mine.


The Canadian firm Cameco Corp. is a major shareholder in Centerra Gold.


(AP)

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