At least 18 ‘MASSACRED’ in Venezuela after raid on illegal gold mine

Express (United Kingdom) – Local newspaper Correo del Caroni reported that 17 men and one woman died in the incident on Saturday morning in an area known for gold and diamond mining.

Opposition lawmaker, Americo De Grazia accused the security forces, saying: “Massacres are the narco-dictatorship’s state policy.”

The government did not respond to requests for comment.

Clashes over illegal mines are common in the remote, mineral-rich area near the border of Guyana, with at least 17 people killed in a gang feud there in 2016.

That year, President Nicolas Maduro declared the area a strategic priority, naming it the Mining Arc and declaring war on the hundreds of illegal miners from Venezuela and neighbouring Brazil who try to make a living there.

Local media said the army captured guns and explosives during Saturday’s operation.

Fuente: Express – 12/02/2018

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