Firm shuts down mine after violent protests by Dumasi youth

Youth of Dumasi burnt properties of Global Future Resources
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Activities at the operational and administrative sites at Bogoso-Prestea-based mining company Global Future Resources, formerly Golden Star Resources, have been suspended temporarily.

The suspension comes on the heels of a violent protest on Tuesday, July 27 by the youth of Dumasi, a community nestling around the mine.

During the reported unprovoked protest, the community members breached the company’s security, advanced to the administrative area and destroyed several properties.

Two persons among the marauding youth sustained gunshot wounds but are responding to treatment.

“To protect lives of our employees and property, management is sorry to announce that all operational and administrative sites of the Bogoso Prestea Mine have and remain closed temporarily until the security situation improves,” a statement by the General Manager of the mining company, Ahmed Salim Adam, announced.

The measure, the statement said, is to enable management together with regulatory bodies assess the damage to the site and ensure that the working environment is safe and secure to continue operations.

It advised employees to adhere to security protocols which include staying at home and avoiding the Dumasi township and not using the Bogoso-Dumasi road.

The company affirmed its determination not to let the destructive actions of a minority to interfere with its avowed and uncontestable commitment to develop a trusting relationship with the wider community.

“…yesterday evening, we sent a letter to the leadership of Dumasi community outlining our willingness to commit to open dialogue and delivery social investments projects.”

By Eric Yaw Adjei||Ghana