Images: ‘No BCL, no mining,’ say protesting Panguna women

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Article by AsiaPacificReport.nz

Landowner women and mothers have protested over plans to reopen the Panguna mine on Bougainville in Papua New Guinea.

They demonstrated in Arawa in central Bougainville and blockaded the route to the derelict Panguna copper mine late last week in a bid to prevent the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and Bougainville Copper Limited, which has disputed ownership of the mine.

The women also succeeded in getting a court injunction against the mine agreement in the National Court in Port Moresby on Friday afternoon.

Llane Munau was there to capture the women’s protest on camera.

1. “No BCL, No Mining”, Image: Llane Munau/PMC say the women.

2. Bougainvillean women on the march. Image: Llane Munau/PMC

3. “Don’t dig my lands.” Image: Llane Munau/PMC

4. Challenge to BCL. Image: Llane Munau/PMC

5. Protest women with sun-shelter brollies. Image: Llane Munau/PMC

6. “No BCL,” the bottom line message. Image: Llane Munau/PMC

7. Men in the rear of the protest. Image: Llane Munau/PMC

8. One of the women speakers offers her message. Image: Llane Munau/PMC

9. Prayers at the protest. Image: Llane Munau/PMC

10. Women lay down the challenge. Image: Llane Munau/PMC

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