Residents of Ayamfuri in the Central region have clashed with workers of the Perseus Mining Company operating in the community
Residents of Ayanfuri in the Central region have clashed with workers of the Perseus Mining company in the area over the company's refusal to cede part of its concession for small-scale mining.
The incident, which occurred from Sunday has rendered most workers captive as angry youth continue to attack them and facilities at the firm. Speaking on Starr midday news, a worker at the mining firm said they are currently living in fear.
“Violence broke out and they attacked one of our workers. they have burnt down one of our vehicles, the VIP buses. They have burnt down one of our military barracks. We are in a total lock down. No one goes out and no one comes in...the first one happened on sunday and it continued through monday and yesterday. As we are speaking, our employees who came in last night, if they have to go home, they need to be escorted by the military who are here to protect us”, he said.
The aggrieved worker further mentioned that the firm had earlier on assured residents that they are open to dialogue.
He said the concession under dispute has been legally acquired and if residents wanted any portion of it, there are processes and procedures they need to go through at the Minerals Commission.
Meanwhile, Police in the Central region have deployed personnel to ensure security in the area.