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Italians occupy mine 400 metres underground

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 11:13

Rome: Around 40 mine workers have occupied a coal mine on the Italian island of Sardinia, demanding investment in a 200 million euro project.

The workers at the mine belonging to Carbosulcis di Nuraxi Figus are 400 metres below the ground.

A load of coal has been dumped at the entrance of the mine, making access possible only by foot.

Sardinia, once one of Italy`s most active mining areas, has seen the sector dying as companies board up shafts and move elsewhere to extract valuable minerals.

Reports said US aluminium giant Alcoa will close a smelter in Sardinia if it cannot find a buyer, leading to a loss of 500 jobs.


First Published: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 11:13
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