Angry workers blockade mine after fatal accident

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More than 500 workers at a mine where four people died last week have blockaded the site in protest.

Production at Grasberg copper mine in Indonesia’s Papua had been halted since the deaths on Saturday when four workers were fatally injured in a vehicle accident.

The blockade started on Wednesday, union spokeswoman Juli Parorrongan told Reuters.

She said protestors had made signs with the names of victims from previous incidents at the mine site.

 A tunnel collapsed on May 14 2013, instantly killed two workers and trapped another 31, with the final death toll climbing to 28.

Around 1000 workers barricaded a main road about three kilometres away from the mine site to show support for the victims in the days following the incident.

More recently, a worker was killed last month after a roof collapse.

Owners of the mine, Arizona-based Freeport, McMoran said it would hold talks with its workforce today in order to resolve the situation.

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