Government warns Aussies to avoid Freeport mine

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has warned Australians to take extra care if travelling around the Freeport mine in Indonesia, following rising tensions on site.

In an update released yesterday DFAT said it had received information that attacks may be planned near the area of operation at Freeport.


DFAT said Australians should reconsider their need to travel to the region because of the unrest, and attacks earlier this year had already resulted in the death of one Australian.


“Since July 2009, there has been a series of violent attacks in the area around the Freeport Mine in Papua province,” the Government said.


“Attacks were reported in the area in March and April 2013. Further such attacks could occur.


“Information indicates that attacks may be planned near the area of operation of the Freeport mine. A number of these incidents have resulted in deaths, including of one Australian.”


The warnings come only days after more than 1,000 workers went on strike at Freeport-McMoRan's Grasberg mine in eastern Papua.

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