Brazil Miners Block Grain Transportation Route
Miners protesting recent raids that led to seizure, destruction of equipment
Small gold miners that have been working on illegal pits in the Amazon rainforest blocked an important road for grains transportation in Brazil’s Para state on Monday, protesting a crackdown by the government, police said.
According to a report at Reuters, the miners, mostly habitants of Moraes Almeida, a district in the Itaituba municipality that is at the center of an environmental crisis due to widespread fires in the forests surrounding it, blocked the BR-163 federal road.
The road is used by commodities traders to transport soybeans and corn from Mato Grosso farms to a port at the Tapajós river in Para.
According to Reuters, the miners were protesting recent raids from Brazil’s environmental defense teams that led to seizure and destruction of equipment.