At least 16 Colombian miners have been killed and dozens more are missing after an explosion in a coal mine in the northwest of the country, officials say.
Alvaro Uribe, the Colombian president, said initial indications were that an accumulation of methane gas caused the blast in the San Fernando mine in the province of Antioquia.
An estimated 70 to 80 workers were in the mine at the moment of the explosion late on Wednesday.
Luz Amanda Pulido, director of disaster prevention, said the hope
of finding survivors was "not much, almost nothing".
The explosion collapsed part of an access tunnel that is more
than a mile long and drops to a depth of 500 feet, John Rendon
the provincial disaster co-ordinator, said.
Two injured miners managed to escape from the mine, Rendon said.
"It's very sad news,'' Uribe said in a statement, saying that the
predicament of the trapped miners is "a very difficult fate.".
Alberto Mejia, an army commander, said a 22-man army special forces
rescue team was being dispatched to the mine to help.
At least 100 rescue workers were at the scene,
Beatriz Delgado from the Red Cross, said.
Hundreds are killed or injured every year while
prospecting for gold or coal in often makeshift
mines in Colombia, the world's fifth largest coal exporter.
Last year a methane gas explosion, also in Antioquia province,
killed eight workers and in 2007, 31 miners were
killed in an explosion in Norte de Santander in one of
the worst disasters of its kind in a decade.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Deaths in Colombia mine explosion
Anarchists solidarity protest outside Korydallos prison, the main prison in Athens, at the time of the change of the year. This protest happens every New Year's Eve for the past six years. This year more than 400 people took part in the protest that interacted with the prisoners inside through shouting mutual slogans and fireworks. The main slogan was "The passion for freedom is stronger that your prisons".
A society that punishes/the condition of incarceration/the prison of the mind/the prison as punishment/the rage of the damned will sound on the ruins of prisons/those denying obedience and misery of our era even within its hellholes/will dance together on the ruins of every last prison/with the flame of rebellion avenging whatever creates prisons.
To the prisoners struggle already counting one dead and thousands in hunger strike across greece, we stand in solidarity and anger until the destruction of every last prison.
ARSON AND WILDFIRE FOR EVERY PRISON
SOLIDARITY TO ALL PRISONERS IN GREECE
VIDEO FROM THE COMRADES IN THE SUPERMARKET IN SALONIKI 15/6
About 30 anarchists with helmets and hoods went into the supermarketnear the university of Saloniki and destroyed the security system! They took the foodstuff from the shelves and also took the moneyfrom the cash desk and burnt it outside the supermarket!nobody arrested!!
IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF ANARCHIST REVOLUTIONARIES
AND TO ANARCHIST KOSTANDINA KARAKATSANI
(accused for being members of Conspiracy of cells of fire)
Solidarity to urban guerillas Kostas Gournas, Nikos Maziotis, Pola Roupa
and to anarchists, Christophoros Kortesis, Sarantos Nikitopoulos, Vaggelis Stathopoulos
that are prosecuted for the "Revolutionary Struggle" case
Comrade salutes to urban guerilla Dimitris Koufodinas
and the unrepentant of the "17th November" group.
Solidarity to the inprisoned anarchists Simos Seisidis, Giannis Dimitrakis,
Michal Pawlak (polish comrade that is inprisoned in koridallos prisons for the events on 6/12/09,
Polikarpos Gewrgiadis, Christos Stratigopoulos, Alfredo Bonnano, Ilias Nikolaou and Aris Seirinidis
HONOUR TO URBAN GUERILLA LAMBROS FOUNDAS
Against the state, prison, capital.