Battling Giants: Frontline resistance against BHP Billiton

6 October 2016 - 3:30pm




From 15 to 21 October, War on Want and London Mining Network will be hosting visitors from Brazil, Colombia and Indonesia representing communities affected by the operations of the world’s biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, whose record of catastrophic environmental damage and forced displacement of indigenous communities stretches back decades.

Saturday 15 October, 2–9pmBattling Giants: Frontline Resistance to BHP Billiton Around the Globe day school and social @ SOAS (W1)

Sunday 16 October, 3-10pmTejiendo Raices: Film, Theatre, Workshops, Live Music @ The Hive (E8)

Tuesday 18 October, 6:30pmOil & Money conference dinner gala protest @ The Dorchester (W1K) 

Wednesday 19 October, 12:30–2pmBiofuelwatch protest @ Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (SW1H)

Thursday 20 October, 9am:Protest the BHP Billiton AGM @ QEII Conference Centre (SW1P) 

Thursday 20 October, 4–9pmFilms: Witness, Testimony, Evidence in Response to the Mining Industry @ UCL (WC1E)

Friday 21 October, 9am-9pmConference: Witness, Testimony, Evidence in Response to the Mining Industry @ UCL (WC1E)



From Brazil:

  • Letícia Oliveira Gomes de Faria and Maria do Carmo Silva D’Angelo, women from the Movement Against Damns in Brazil (MAB) who have been affected by the Samarco waste spill which killed dozens of people and polluted hundreds of miles of rivers; and

  • Rodrigo Peret, Franciscan priest involved in the Churches and Mining Network and Franciscans International

From Colombia:

  • LuzAngela Uriana Epiayu, Indigenous Wayuu woman from Provincial, La Guajira where the Cerrejon mine, joint-owned by BHP, is the largest opencast coal mine in Latin America; it has forcibly displaced thousands of rural families and uses huge quantities of water denied to indigenous people in Colombia’s driest region; and

  • Annelen Mikus from lawyers' collective CAJAR in Bogota.

From Indonesia:

  • Arie Rompas from WALHI, Friends of the Earth Indonesia, where the company has been planning a huge new opencast coal project, Indomet, in the rainforests of Central Kalimantan, threatening shocking environmental and social destruction. It is now pulling out leaving others to complete the damage.

Supporting Organisations:

Movimiento Jaguar DespiertoGaia FoundationCoal Action NetworkColombia Solidarity CampaignUCL Bartlett School of Architecture - Development Planning Unit



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