Argentina: Justice Minister denies use of anti-terrorism laws against mine protesters

Posted on February 1, 2012 • Filed under: Argentina, Conflicts, Latin America Mining, Police/Military Activity

Justice Minister, Julio Alak, denied yesterday that the Justice of Catamarca has used the figure of “crimes terrorist purposes” against nine protesters arrested last week during a protest against the exploitation of the mine under la Alumbrera.
However, the lawyer for the detainees, Nidia Gauthier, confirmed that last Friday, during the preliminary statement of the protesters were charged under Article 213 bis of the Penal Code, including the so-called Terrorism Act passed in December.
“It is absolutely false that the Catamarca Justice protesters have applied to the crime figures linked to terrorist purposes,” said Alak, referring to the arrest of nine people took place on January 27 in the town of Santa Maria Catamarca on the National Route 40, where they made a cut against the mine La Alumbrera. Read Article

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