Chile´s mining industry operating normally despite violent protests: minister

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile´s mining industry was running as normal despite the violent protests that have rocked the capital, Santiago, and other cities across the world´s top copper producer, Mining Minister Baldo Prokurica said on Sunday.

The protests over an increase in public transport costs prompted President Sebastian Pinera to reverse the fare hikes and declare a state of emergency.

Prokurica told Reuters in an email that all of the country´s mines, including those owned by the world´s top copper producer, Codelco, were operating normally. Chile is home to several of the world´s largest miners, including BHP Group Ltd, Anglo American Plc, Teck Resources Ltd and Antofagasta Plc.

“There have been no attacks (at the mines). On the contrary, they are operating normally,” Prokurica said.

Prokurica added that the companies had taken measures to ensure shift workers could enter the mines despite countrywide transportation blockages.

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