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Escondida mine workers to walk off job in support of Chilean protesters

|About: BHP Group (BHP)|By:, SA News Editor

Chile's Mining Minister says the industry is running as normal despite a weekend of violent protests that have rocked Santiago and other cities across the country.

Authorities are trying to clear wreckage and re-open public transportation in the capital after at least seven people were killed in a wave of violent clashes, arson attacks and looting which reportedly started with protests over an increase in public transport costs.

But a union of workers at BHP's (BHP +1.4%) Escondida copper mine - the world's largest  - says it plans to walk off the job for at least one shift tomorrow in a show of support for the protesters.

Chile also is home to operations from several other major miners, including Anglo American (OTCQX:AAUKF, OTCPK:AAUKY), Antofasta (OTC:ANFGF) and Teck Resources (NYSE:TECK).

London copper rose as much as 0.5% to $5,837.50/mt, its highest in a month, amid supply concerns from the unrest in Chile.


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