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Kissenger & Co's genocide for Papuan gold

Danny | 22.02.2006 14:23 | Globalisation | Repression | Social Struggles | World

Locals equipped with bows and arrows wounded two security guards at a mine run by a unit of U.S. company Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. in Indonesia's remote Papua province on Tuesday.

One of Henry Kissengers many war crimes was to work with President Suharto of Indonesia on the slaughter on millions of Indonesians. This was done under the guise of cold war realpolitik. However, Kissenger had a personal financial interest in furthering this genocide, he runs the worlds largest gold mine there, stripmining the landscape and killing the locals. The human rights abuses continue to this day, and now the mine has been shut down by locals weilding bows and arrows against the company death squads. This tiny, ill-equipped revolt could mark the start of another Bougainville.

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Henry Kissinger, former US Secretary of State, sits on the board of directors of the parent company, Freeport McMoRan, USA, based in New Orleans. (In 1993, the US Environmental Protection Agency released its 1993 pollution statistics for the entire USA. For the second year in a row, Freeport-McMoRan was the largest polluter of land, air and water, both in terms of volume and toxicity, in the whole of North America).

"[Villagers] were beaten with rattan, sticks, and rifle butts, and kicked with boots," one tribal leader told Catholic Church officials. "[Some] were tortured till they died." Neither investigation addresses whether Freeport played a role in the killings, although the church report notes that one murder took place on a company bus and three villagers died under torture at a Freeport workshop.

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