Illegal miners evicted in Congo

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Congolese security forces began evicting illegal miners from a Glencore copper and cobalt mine, local activists said, a week after a landslide killed 43 of them.

Emmanuel Umpula, director of watchdog group African Resources Watch, said some miners, who dig on the Kamoto Copper Company (KCC) concession, protested outside the governor’s office in Kolwezi and were dispersed by security forces.

Another Kolwezi civil society activist, who asked not to be named, said the Kasulo neighbourhood next to the mine was under siege by the police and army and protesters outside the governor’s office were demanding a new concession to exploit.