A human rights group in Papua New Guinea has accused police of burning down 150 houses in a village near the Porgera Gold Mine, during an early morning raid over the weekend.
The Akali Tange Association claimed that the police mobile unit rampaged through the Wangima village in an early-morning attempt to forcefully evict residents. Eyewitnesses claim that no warning was given, nor were any eviction notices presented prior to the onslaught. Eight young school-aged girls were allegedly gang-raped during the raid, yet their whereabouts are presently unknown. Six men also faced harsh beatings during the raid.
McDiyan Robert Yapari, the leader of Akali Tange Association, claimed that a local police officer revealed to him that the raid came under orders from Barrick Gold headquarters. Yapari said the officer said, “The Company gave us orders and that we had no choice but to follow their directives. We are here working for money and if we don’t follow orders, we will not be paid our daily allowances.”
In 2013, protestbarrick.net editor Sakura Saunders underscored the systemic nature of police abuse in Papua New Guinea in a report on abuses connected to the gold mining company, “This is the true tragedy with Porgera. Here, abuses can’t be confined to a few isolated incidents, but a structure of impunity that terrorizes residents who resist it. Here, the crisis does not exist only in moments, but is tied to an environment that is over run with waste, toxic dust, landslides and tailings, creating hazards that take lives on a regular basis.”
Barrick Gold has a lengthy rap sheet, one that includes allegations of worker mistreatment and waterway pollution. For environmentalists and anti-mining activists, the company has long been the ne plus ultra of capitalist wrongdoing. While it conducts 75 percent of its business in North America, Barrick’s sites are located across at least four different continents and employ more than 14,000 people in countries as far-flung as Argentina, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Saudi Arabia, and Zambia, often in the face of violent opposition from locals
The Porgera Gold Mine is owned by Canada’s Barrick Gold – world’s largest gold mining company. It was established in 1983 by Hungarian-born Canadian Jewish billionaire, Peter Munk, who claims to be a Holocaust survivor. Dr. Norman Finkelstein in his book, The Holocaust Industry, claimed that half of Israel’s Jewish population insist to be Holocaust survivors even though most of them never stepped outside Israel.
Peter Munk reminds me the views of American Jewish academic Daniel A. McGovern, columnist, author and director of Deir Yassin Remembered of the Jewish oligarchs.
“As the list of Bernard Madoff’s victims grows, their common characteristic is not philanthropy, but rather political Zionism. Virtually all have worked to build a Jewish state with little regard, and often downright hatred, for the non-Jewish population living there. The money from this type of mogul or “ganzer macher” has been used to dehumanize and depopulate non-Jews in Palestine for over 120 years. But in spite of creating a strong Israeli economy based on guns, diamonds, and security services and in spite of walling Arabs in Bantustans in the West Bank and in the KZ lager known as Gaza, they have failed. Non-Jews outnumber Jews within the borders controlled by Israel, which makes a mockery out of calling it a Jewish state,” wrote McGovern at Dissident Voice, December 2, 2008.
Papua New Guinea is less than half the size of Ontario (Canada), with just 7 million Christian majority inhabitants. The country is rich in natural resources but nearly 28% of its population below national poverty line (less than US$2 a day).
There are over 5,000 Muslims, mostly local converts (watch a video below).