Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Greenpeace protested against Barrick Gold in front of the Embassy of Canada

Buenos Aires - Greenpeace today called the National Government, during a speech he made at the door of the Embassy of Canada, the urgent implementation of the national inventory of glaciers and environmental audits of mining companies.

Greenpeace activists dressed as pirates moved wheelbarrows full of gold bullion to the Canadian embassy as a way of representing the relationship between the interests of a Canadian mining company Barrick Gold and its legal strategy to avoid the full enforcement of glaciers in the province of San Juan.

"We must put a stop to Barrick. This Canadian company has already affected glaciers on the Chilean side in the exploratory stage of the Pascua Lama project and now, with legal protections, is preventing the audit to confirm whether, as suspected, is affecting glaciers on the Argentine side, "said Hernán Giardini , campaign coordinator for Greenpeace Climate Change.

On November 2, 2010, the Federal judge in San Juan, Miguel Angel Galvez granted an injunction that stopped in San Juan implementation of Articles 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 15 of the Act at the request of Glaciers the Chamber of Mines, Mine Workers Association Argentina (AOMA) and the San Juan branch of the General Labour Confederation (CGT), which had filed an appeal asking the constitutionality of the law.

"The habeas corpus filed by Barrick and a set of suppliers of mining in San Juan is an act of self-incrimination. The most serious is that the Government acts in complicity by failing to advance to the inventory and environmental audits to businesses. We call on all Argentines to slow to Barrick and its accomplices, "said Giardini.

Greenpeace, along with more than forty citizens' assemblies, social, environmental and political junta launched a signature campaign on the streets and from their websites to seek "full force of the Law of glaciers around the country, the urgent conducting environmental audits and the preparation of interim measures submitted by the company Barrick Gold. "

The campaign is being widely accepted by the people: in one week and involved more than 75,000 people. The claim may be signed in

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