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A citizen was reportedly shot dead by police in the village of Moatize, Tete province, last Wednesday when a group protested against the closing of Vale Mozambique mining company concession access gates.
After lengthy talks between the local government and Vale Mozambique, it was conceded that the gates should remain open in order to allow the former landowners to graze livestock and gather firewood, a witness told @Verdade.
The source added that attempts had been made to cover up the crime, with information put out that the murder took place in the vicinity of Vale’s mining concession area, but was nor the result of gunfire.
The deceased, Hussene Antonio, died fleeing from the police after being shot in the arm. Despite being already wounded, one of the officers called to the scene of the previously peaceful demonstration by Vale then shot the man in the back.
Consequently, he fell dead, victim of the brutality of certain members of the institution whose function it is to ensure public security and order and combat offences against the law.
A Verdade tried to contact the police in Tete, but without success, since investigations into “under what circumstances the deadly shooting happened” were still ongoing.
This is not the first time that Vale Mozambique has requested police intervention in conflicts with communities in the areas in which it operates, with sometimes dire consequences.
Hundreds of small farmers are still at odds with Vale Mozambique and the Moatize local government as a result of the lack of understanding between the parties regarding compensation for having ceded their lands.Source: A Verdade
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