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A district government member of Inhassunge in central Mozambique was injured during an incident where the local people threw stones in protest of the ongoing resettlement process meant to give way to a heavy sands exploration project, said the police.
Police spokesman in Zambézia Province, Central Mozambique, Miguel Caetano, said the District Governor was slightly injured by stones thrown by people during a meeting.
“Some of the people in the community did not agree with the compensation amounts of the resettlement process for them to be moved to a safer zone, because the area where the population is living now will be heavy sands exploration zone,” said Caetano.
The area in question was awarded to a Chinese company, who will extract heavy sands for the exploration of ilmenite and zircon, minerals used in aviation.
“The company is active in the Chinde district, also in Zambézia Province”, added Miguel Caetano.
The exploration of natural resources in Mozambique has been marked by tensions between multinationals and communities, who claim that they have few benefits from the activities.