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Group alleges mining 'fleece' in Haiti

May 13, 2012 at 1:22 PM   |   Comments

TORONTO, May 13 (UPI) -- A leftist Canadian think-tank alleges a national mining corporation is guilty of "super-exploitation" in Haiti.

The GlobalResearch.ca Web site posting said the Majescor Resources company's plans to build a deep-water port in the Caracol Bay area to accommodate gold and other precious metals would threaten the country's marine ecosystems.

"Haiti's mineral wealth is marked for super-exploitation by a Canadian corporation that has already wreaked havoc in the neighboring Dominican Republic," the group said.

The report also alleged the Montreal company's mining plans were ecologically wrong.

"This mining plan will permanently strip the country of much of its mineral, cultural, and ecological wealth," the post said.

GlobalResearch called the mining proposal a "U.S and South Korean sweatshop … a side project and distraction" in Haiti, considered the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.

"If this mining plan is given a green light while Haiti is under foreign occupation, it will permanently strip the country of much of its mineral, cultural, and ecological wealth," the release said.

The mining company, Majescor issued its own release of geological findings, along with a warning to the media.

"Not for distribution to U.S. newswire services or for dissemination in the United States," the release said. "Any failure to comply with this restriction may constitute a violation of U.S. securities laws."

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