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Galamsey: Gov’t dissolves 'operation vanguard' with immediate effect - Abu Jinapor

Ghana Web 12 May 2021
The Minister stressed that no task force has been sanctioned to go after or harass illegal miners ... Over 200 police officers have been deployed to various mining sites across the country to enforce the recently announced directives on artisanal mining as well as ward off illegal miners.
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28 excavators, 267 chanfan machines destroyed in phase 2 of ‘Operation Halt’- Defence Minister

Joy Online 12 May 2021
... Halt’ aimed at controlling illegal mining on water bodies ... He stated that government had issued clear directives against the operations of illegal miners especially those who operate on water bodies, thus, every citizen is expected to comply with the directive.
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Deadly shootout in Brazil’s Amazon as illegal miners enter indigenous land

Mining Dot Com 11 May 2021
The river is used by illegal miners, known locally as garimpeiros, to transport petrol and other goods to their camps ... Officials noted the illegal miners, known as “garimpeiros”, were most likely trying to scare the Yanomami away from blocking their access to gold prospects.
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Brazil Amazon: Deadly shootout as illegal miners enter indigenous land

BBC News 11 May 2021
Three illegal miners have been killed in a shootout that erupted after they entered an indigenous area in the Brazilian Amazon, local leaders say ... An estimated 20,000 illegal gold miners are in the Yanomami area, Brazil's largest protected indigenous reserve.
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3 illegal miners jailed 15 years

Ghana Web 11 May 2021
Three illegal miners have been jailed five years each by a Circuit Court in Koforidua for engaging in illegal mining at Tentenku No.8 near Kofi Pare in the Kraboa Coaltar district of the Eastern Region ... They were charged with conspiracy to commit crime and mining without license contrary to Section 99 (2) of the Minerals and Mining Act 2015.
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We never agreed to burning excavators at consultative dialogue - Small Scale Miners

Ghana Web 11 May 2021
He motioned that the President only gave a 10-day ultimatum for persons prospecting to withdraw their equipment from the forests and directed for the immediate arrest and seizure of equipment belonging to illegal miners on and along water bodies ... on activities by illegal miners.
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Military fight illegal miners in ‘Operation Halt’

Joy Online 11 May 2021
In the standard mineral right agreement, a holder is prohibited from conducting any operations in a sacred area ... .
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Galamsey fight: Govt arresting innocent people, real ‘galamseyers’ are in Accra - Small scale miners

Ghana Web 11 May 2021
The National Communications Director of the Small Scale Miners ... As part of recent efforts against illegal mining, 200 military personnel were deployed to flush out illegal miners destroying water bodies in the country.
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Govt's 'war on galamsey' crippling local jewellery manufacturers - Ernestina Agyapong

Ghana Web 11 May 2021
This unfair foreign competition has created difficulty in procuring gold for production as they can not afford the price of raw gold mostly purchased from illegal miners ... when illegal miners who supplied them with gold were pushed out of business due to the ban on galamsey.
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Operation Halt must be sustained, extended to tributaries of major rivers – Defence Minister

Joy Online 11 May 2021
The Defence Minister has called for the intensification and extension of ‘Operation Halt’ to all the tributaries of major river bodies to prevent the return of illegal miners to the water bodies ... He, however, called for the maintenance of the operation to flush the illegal miners from the tributaries of the river bodies so as to preserve it.
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Activities of Operation Vanguard suspended by government

Joy Online 11 May 2021
“I want to make it very clear that task forces which are moving about the country harassing small scale miners, whether they are involved in legal or illegal mining, the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources has not mandated the operation of any task forces ... illegal mining.
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National Association of Small Scale Miners accuses military of burning excavators owned by legal miners

Joy Online 11 May 2021
JoyNews/AdomNews · National Association of Small Scale Miners accuses military of burning excavators ... Government in its fight against illegal small-scale mining deployed 200 officers in the military on River Pra in the Western and Central regions to halt operations of illegal miners.
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Burning of mining excavators targeted – Concerned Small-Scale miners

Ghana Web 11 May 2021
President of the Concerned Small-Scale Miners Association of Ghana, Michael Kojo Peprah has stated that the burning of excavators is targeted at pushing some miners out of business ... This is because at the time you confiscate the equipment, you wouldn’t be able to tell if the person is an illegal miner or not.
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Military not harassing legal miners – Dominic Nitiwul

Joy Online 11 May 2021
Defense Minister Dominic Nitiwul has refuted the allegation of harassment on some small scale miners by the Ghana Armed Forces. Speaking at a press briefing, Tuesday, the Minister insisted that the military officials sent out by the incumbent government to clamp down on illegal mining do not go intimidating miners who have legit license to operate.
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We’ll not stop burning excavators - Defence Minister

Ghana Web 11 May 2021
A private legal practitioner, Mr Bobby Banson has said it will be illegal for the government to set ablaze the excavators that are seized from illegal small scale miners (galamsey) in the country ... He said the illegal miners disregarded the directive from the government to remove ...
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