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Small-scale Miners in Northeastern DR Congo Protest Against Chinese Mining Companies’ Use of Heavy Machinery

Protestors against Chinese mining companies march in the northeastern province of Haut-Uélé.

Protests erupted this week in the far northeastern Congolese province of Haut-Uélé where small-scale miners rallied against the growing presence of Chinese mining companies in the region.

The marchers, mostly young men, are upset about how Chinese mining companies are using large machines to mine along the Arebi river, making it more difficult for artisanal miners to compete.

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