Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Dispute between Bolivian gold mining co-operatives leaves 1 dead, 7 injured, authorities report

LA PAZ, Bolivia - A violent dispute over a gold mine in a remote part of southeastern Bolivia has left one miner dead and seven others injured, authorities said Tuesday.

Rural leader Constantino Quispe said armed men arrived in a helicopter at the Takesi river near the community of Arcopongo on Sunday to evict miners who were removing gold from the site.

One miner was shot to death and one of the assailants was detained by the attacked miners, Quispe told Erbol radio station. The mine is a two-day walk from Arcopongo and there are no roads in the area.

A group of Arcopongo residents arrived in Bolivia's capital, La Paz, on Tuesday to ask for help and give Gov. Cesar Cocarico photos taken of the helicopter, community leader Anastasio Ramos said.

"There is evidence of the presence of a helicopter hired by the mining co-operative" that allegedly staged the attack, Cocarico said.

Alejandro Santos, president of the Federation of Mine Co-operatives, said two mining co-operatives both claim the gold mine and he blamed the state Bolivian Mining Corporation for delaying for more than two years in resolving the dispute.

Disputes among independent miners over deposits are common in Bolivia, though few cases involve gunfire and this is the first reported case involving a helicopter.

A commission from the police and attorney general's office was travelling to the area Tuesday.

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.


Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
Sudden Surge: Flood of 2014
Opportunity Magazine — The Bakken
Why Not Minot?
Welcome to Winnipeg

Social Media

Canadian Mortgage Rates