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COTUI, Dominican Republic.- Police remain deployed at the entrance of the mining company Barrick Pueblo Viejo, to block access to the group of marchers who demand the revision of the exploitation contract with the Dominican Government, the allocation of 5% of the profits for the community and more jobs.

The protesters conducted a peaceful march, but backed up traffic on the Mella road for miles, while the police keep close guard on the demonstrators.

The police carrying shotguns and tear gas canisters have been deployed in and around the city of Cotuí and at the crossings into villages, while the mining company erected a barricade to keep people from reaching beyond their gate.

It’s the second day of protests as police made several arrests on Tuesday, during skirmishes with demonstrators.

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Written by: josean, 3 Oct 2012 3:45 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Democracy and Free Speech in Action!


Written by: CarmenReyes, 3 Oct 2012 3:48 PM
From: Dominican Republic, Santiago
Josean imagine only 5% for the country. How much did the swine Lie O Nel walk away with???? This is insulting. That money belongs to the pueblo.

Written by: anthonyC, 3 Oct 2012 4:13 PM
From: United States

The 5%(A huge number BTW) is for the local community and jobs. The Dominican Government also gets a sizable cut as well.

Considering it is Barrick that is taking all the financial risk I think these mooching jerks who are protesting should just shut the F*ck Up!




Written by: josean, 3 Oct 2012 5:00 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Alpha 66 shouldn't you be giving Mitt Romney some Ayn Rand pointers for tonights debate instead of trying to suppress the People's right to protest!


Written by: dreamkiller, 3 Oct 2012 5:08 PM
From: Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Fighting Joseans lunacy .Stop Guillermo the commie thief in 2016
Give the moochers the dogs the gas and the rubber bullets .....and the water hoses ...thats fun to watch
Written by: josean, 3 Oct 2012 5:16 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Two Cuban Fascist what a treat!


Written by: ingle23 This user is banned, 3 Oct 2012 6:43 PM
From: United States, brooklyn, NY

OUT OFFICE REPLY TO A’CENIO (AC):
I just received an email telling me that you are Cuban. If that is the case you have your hands full with Fidel, Raul and Chavez (Fidel’s surrogate son). Why don’t YOU get on one of those hundreds of anti-Castro blogs, and fight for your freedom. You can start by virtually shouting “Fidel, Ladron, Tirano”. I am sure that Valerio, and the Albino Skunk, will support your anti-Communist, revolutionary effort.
Written by: anthonyC, 3 Oct 2012 6:56 PM
From: United States


Josie,

I don't believe in Socialist Economic policies or the state over the individual. It is the left like you that is fascist.


Written by: josean, 3 Oct 2012 7:01 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Even looking at the mirror everyday you still don't know what a fascist looks like!


Written by: stillhere, 3 Oct 2012 7:46 PM
From: Dominican Republic
J.
You have it half right.. you just need to add one word and make it "Corporate fascist"

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, April 29, 1938 (deep in the Great Depression) in a message to Congress.

The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism -- ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power.

Written by: RoyStone, 3 Oct 2012 8:34 PM
From: Australia
The terms of the permits and contracts were negotiated on behalf of the people of the Dominican Republic by their democratically elected government. I doubt these ignorant feral peasants even know or understand the terms of the agreements, let alone the huge investment and risk undertaken by Barrick, and the benefits for the entire country. They have been vandalizing the environment for generations with little to show for it. Now that foreigners are doing something to the benefit their shareholders and the county in general, they are filled with jealous rage.
Written by: josean, 3 Oct 2012 8:53 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



Trying to prevent a company that got a sweetheart deal from a corrupt government from turning your community into Love Canal, is now called jealousy and rage!



Written by: plinio75, 3 Oct 2012 9:27 PM
From: United States, key West

Hey Roy stone people like you that has tunnel vision against Dominican people. You can't blame us from trying to better ourselves from imperialists like you narrow minded again people like us. They don’t go to your country to setup these type of operations and exploits.
Written by: stillhere, 3 Oct 2012 9:43 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Roy
"contracts were negotiated on behalf of the people"
Are you sure you wouldn't want to revise that?? It sounds good and I'm sure that's what they would like us to think.
Dominican politicians doing anything other than lining their own pockets! Is a historical reality in the DR..

Written by: guillermone, 3 Oct 2012 10:44 PM
From: United States, Bring Back DT Forum
Just distribute to these folks a free Obama phone and biruta sacks, and they will all be happy as pig in mud.
Written by: RoyStone, 3 Oct 2012 11:51 PM
From: Australia
plinio75,
I see you've "bettered yourself" by leaving your beloved banana republic and living in another former British Imperialist Colony. Those still on the sinking ship have left it a bit late to close the watertight-compartment doors. If they wanted to "better themselves" then they should have pursued education and a work-ethic rather than materialism and an easy life, leaving it to foreigners to develop their resources, and Haitians to do their hard work.
Canadians (and anyone else) are free to pursue mining operations in Australia provided they comply with environmental, native-title, work-place and taxation legislation.
"They don’t go to your country to setup these type of operations and exploits."
Barrick already has 7 operating mines in "my" country, Australia. Hey, never let reality get in the way of fanatical delusion. You are not a Christian by any chance? I think your Cardinal opposes the mine on the same (lack of) grounds!
Written by: RoyStone, 4 Oct 2012 12:02 AM
From: Australia
I still stand by what I wrote, Stillhere

"Dominican politicians doing anything other than lining their own pockets! Is a historical reality in the DR"
I couldn't agree more.
However as often attributed to Alexis de Toqueville "In a democracy, people get the government they deserve" or as I would put it, "corrupt people vote for corrupt politicians". How many Dominicans vote for what they believe is good for the country in general, rather than what they believe will benefit them personally, regardless of any determent to his fellow countryman? Where else would someone like The Hippo almost get a mandate to govern again? The country is corrupt from the president down to the lowly manhole-cover thief. Just that some have the opportunity to do it on a grander scale than others.
Written by: josean, 4 Oct 2012 12:34 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



Is Saint Danilo also corrupt Roy?



Written by: LittleBird, 4 Oct 2012 1:00 AM
From: United States
Barrick is a good company.. Lot of good people work there I know..
Written by: RoyStone, 4 Oct 2012 5:26 AM
From: Australia
I made a generalization, Josean. There are exceptions of course but unfortunately very few. Hopefully Danilo is one of them. Sometimes it is a matter of choosing the lesser of two evils. As The Hippo was the only other real contender in the race, then Danilo was the better option.
Written by: josean, 4 Oct 2012 6:43 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Roy now your backpedaling and parsing!

I think you chose the EVIL of TWO LESSERS!


Written by: bernies, 4 Oct 2012 8:52 AM
From: United States, key west fl
Why doesn't Barrick Gold just come clean and spill out everything pertaining to the contract with the Dominican government such as, whom are their local lawyers, who was involve in the whole deal and how much do they pay out to individuals and also what are their tax brakes and also why are they are subsidice petroil to run their plant operation, because the governent is subsidicing part of their petroil to run their plant which I found it very unfair. If they do that then they can clain their right.
Written by: vacanos, 4 Oct 2012 9:14 AM
From: United States, An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
Calieboy
As you know I don't have to fight for my freedom in DR since our hero Balaguer took care of the Communists for us. I know how bad you feel and whines like a baby here when describing your Fidelista in our country.
Miralo de esta manera amigo mio tu hubiese estado limpiandote la nalga con tusa de maiz como nuestro hermanos en Cuba.
Written by: anthonyC, 4 Oct 2012 10:23 AM
From: United States


One more time.



Has anyone have any proof that the Barrick Gold operation in the Dominican Republic has caused any major environmental damage?


Any?


Written by: DomRat, 4 Oct 2012 12:19 PM
From: Dominican Republic
@ stillhere: great quote, and this
Benito Mussolini quotes (Questionable):
Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism as it is a merge of state and corporate power.

@ Roy Stone: 'ignorant feral peasants' and myself included have never read the terms of the Barrick agreement. Where might it be available in full. I remember years ago the news papers were full of lines of fine print and numberes listing the budgets, projections, incomes and the like; now it is like the rest of the West: fashion and sports.
Written by: anthonyC, 4 Oct 2012 12:23 PM
From: United States
Written by: DomRat,
Benito Mussolini quotes (Questionable):
Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism as it is a merge of state and corporate power.

More proof that Fascism is a left wing ideology.



Written by: RoyStone, 4 Oct 2012 12:39 PM
From: Australia
DomRat,
When were the papers "full of the fine print" of the terms of the Concordat? Have you read them all, since they have a far more profound and detrimental effect on your country that Barrick Gold ever will?
Written by: benwaballs, 4 Oct 2012 12:39 PM
From: Dominican Republic
@Stone you cannot debate any facts with those who know very little about their own history, little lone that of the world as whole. Your points are correct. The truth hurts. All Dominicans need to study their own history and the history of the world, like any educated society does. In the end ignorance rules unconditionally when education does not exist. If it were not for the Haitians the Dominicans would still be enslaved. Check the history.
Written by: RoyStone, 4 Oct 2012 12:45 PM
From: Australia
bernies,
Have you demanded the same transparency of other organizations in your country? How about the Evangelical Churches from the USA and Brazil that are so vigorously competing for market share in your beloved republic? Do you know their tax breaks? That's right - they don't pay any tax!
Written by: RoyStone, 4 Oct 2012 12:50 PM
From: Australia
Absolutely, benwaballs,
I wonder how many of these armchair critics have actually bothered to go on the Barrick Gold website and learn about what they are actually doing here, the processes, precautions and benefits. What is it about mining that makes it so sinister?
Written by: josean, 4 Oct 2012 12:54 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



Barrick Gold website

No that's a real objective source , eh Roy!



Written by: RoyStone, 4 Oct 2012 1:18 PM
From: Australia
Find anything dishonest or even misleading on that website, josean, we'd love you to write about it. We know about your tunnel-vision when it comes to anything involving digging (did I say the "M" word?).
Written by: josean, 4 Oct 2012 2:26 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



Yea, the the only dishonest parties in this situation are the "Feral Peasants," right Roy!



Written by: dreamkiller, 5 Oct 2012 11:10 AM
From: Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Fighting Joseans lunacy .Stop Guillermo the commie thief in 2016
the Feral Whiner and Complainer .....Hippo Butt Boy and PRD stooge.....Josie
Written by: ingle23 This user is banned, 5 Oct 2012 11:24 AM
From: United States, brooklyn, NY
Valerio/Rata Caliesa,

Chivato Balaguerista; I'm going to increase the dose of Tres Pasitos. Village Boy, I looked at your DD 214 jajajajaj what a joke!!!!. Today, we will "air" another of your adventures.
Written by: josean, 5 Oct 2012 11:25 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


God bless you too CUBANITO!







Written by: RoyStone, 5 Oct 2012 12:03 PM
From: Australia
josean,
declares reductio ad absurdum:
"Yea, the the only dishonest parties in this situation are the "Feral Peasants," right Roy!"
He's neglecting to include the government, the church and the judiciary, who all major contenders for the title of most dishonest. I'd believe a publicly-listed Canadian company's website before any of them.


Written by: ingle23 This user is banned, 5 Oct 2012 12:14 PM
From: United States, brooklyn, NY
As you know I don't have to fight for my freedom in DR since our hero Balaguer took care of the Communists for us. I know how bad you feel and whines like a baby here when describing your Fidelista in our country.
Miralo de esta manera amigo mio tu hubiese estado limpiandote la nalga con tusa de maiz como nuestro hermanos en Cuba (end of quote).

Valerio (Grease monkey),

What are you trying to say????no se entiende nada. Jaja jajaj.
Written by: josean, 5 Oct 2012 1:07 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



So Canadian companies are immune from being dishonest, is that your "First World" elitist point of view Roy?

Written by: plinio75, 6 Oct 2012 12:01 AM
From: United States, key West
Roy stone whether I am a christian or not is irrelevant. I am not against foreign investment but companies must be watched at all times. Here in the US we issue millions of Dollars in fines to companies of all kinds because they operate by different set of rules and interests than the community that they operate in.
Yes I left the DR many years ago to live here on the states and I have no regrets. We are citizens of the world and like any body else should live in the country of our likeness. Is like people of the rich countries that live in any other country cause they usually could make better salaries than at the headquarters otherwise it would be no incentive to live overseas.
Written by: RoyStone, 6 Oct 2012 3:05 AM
From: Australia
plinio75,
If you are Christian then you are either uninformed or deluded. You may be informed or rational in other matters, but it cannot be assumed. However I am in no doubt you are Dominican because you cannot see that some people may have motives other than self interest.

Written by: RoyStone, 6 Oct 2012 3:08 AM
From: Australia
Josean,
It is not so much as case of " Canadian companies being immune from being dishonest" but one of the other parties being immune from telling the truth.
Written by: josean, 6 Oct 2012 8:05 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



Roy there is always 3 sides to a story yours, mine and the TRUTH!






Written by: RoyStone, 6 Oct 2012 8:11 AM
From: Australia
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story, Josean.
Written by: stillhere, 6 Oct 2012 8:15 AM
From: Dominican Republic
To think either the DR government or Barrick are doing this for the benefit of the Dominican people ?

Ask yourself when has any mining company ever mined for the benefit of the people? They want as much profit with the least cost and taxes possible.
Written by: RoyStone, 6 Oct 2012 8:34 AM
From: Australia
Take a look at the video of the site at
barrick.com/GlobalOperations/NorthAmerica/PuebloViejoProject/default.aspx
I believe this is more accurate than all the BS pronounced here.
If you don't believe it, then go and take a look for yourself.
Otherwise, shut-the-fu@k-up already!
Written by: RoyStone, 6 Oct 2012 8:42 AM
From: Australia
If you want to know about the process, then go to
barrick.com/Theme/Barrick/files/pueblo-viejo/01.html
Otherwise, STFUA!
Written by: josean, 6 Oct 2012 9:02 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


"Otherwise, STFUA!" ?????

Roy,

I’m a surprised at you!

You seem to be losing it; do you have stock in the company or do you work for them also like you do for the METRO?




Written by: josean, 6 Oct 2012 9:19 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016

"Ask yourself when has any mining company ever mined for the benefit of the people? They want as much profit with the least cost and taxes possible."



Stillhere,

As you know It’s not just mining companies, ALL companies have but one sole purpose to MAKE MONEY FOR THEIR STOCKHOLDERS, everything else is secondary, including the protection of the environment and the wellbeing of the public at large. Hell there are thousands of cases of companies sacrificing the heath of their own employees to continue making profits, even when they knew the particular activity was detrimental to the health of the workers.

continued:

Written by: josean, 6 Oct 2012 9:22 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016



If corporations were ALTRUISTIC transparent entities we would not have to regulate them. The reason they go to the “third world” is not necessarily because these resource minerals are not always available in the “first world” but rather because they can’t get away with their “profits before anything else” methods of operations in the “first world,” because in those societies people are generally better educated and they are more closely regulated if not outright prohibited.

Written by: dreamkiller, 6 Oct 2012 3:01 PM
From: Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Fighting Joseans lunacy .Stop Guillermo the commie thief in 2016
Io the day josean was knows as a commie swine
Written by: josean, 6 Oct 2012 3:35 PM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


Do you still have the personally autographed Copy of Mien Kampf!


Written by: ingle23 This user is banned, 6 Oct 2012 4:37 PM
From: United States, brooklyn, NY
Valerio,

Miralo de esta manera amigo mio tu hubiese estado limpiandote la nalga con tusa de maiz como nuestro hermanos en Cuba. (end of quote).

Unlike your folks whom, I don’t know, but I respect (because they are not in this). In my b-certificate under “PLACE OF BIRTH, IT READS “BROOKLYN, HOSPITAL , BROOKLYN NY”. Y BAUTIZAO’ EN SANTA BARBARA. This was done as a token of loyalty to our barrio and the struggle that “pushed my folks” to leave their beloved land.
Eso es pa’ ti pendejo rural!! functional illiterate.
Written by: RoyStone, 7 Oct 2012 4:27 AM
From: Australia
Josean,
It is true that people in the 1st world are more environmentally conscious, however their concerns are for the planet as a whole, not just their own country, so they take a dim view of environmental vandalism wherever it may occur.

Incidentally Barrick invited the last bunch of protesters to take a close look at their Pueblo Viejo operations. We still have not had a report from them, so maybe Barrick killed them all and burred them in a mine shaft?

Did you take a look at the video I directed you too, or were you worried you might lose your faith? Maybe you could take a personal look yourself?

Written by: Vivacuba, 7 Oct 2012 12:01 PM
From: Dominican Republic
Robbing foreign natural resources
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