The BL news-across Latin America-02-13-2019


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The BL news-across Latin America-02-13-2019

-Mining tragedy in Brazil
- Authorities raid houses of opponents of the constitutional referendum
- Explosive attack on pipeline in Colombia
- Guaidó delivers humanitarian aid in Venezuela

Mining tragedy in Brazil

Reuters News Agency announces that the biggest mining tragedy in Brazil's history could have been avoided.

An internal document would reveal that the multinational mining company VALE knew that the Brumadinho dam was in danger of collapsing months ago.
The information published by Reuters, detailed that the company knew that the toxic waste deposit 1 of the Córrego do Feijão mine, was in serious breach of minimum safety standards.
The news agency's investigation also indicated that there were irregularities in an audit that the dam passed in that time, and that it also failed to detect the danger.
In Brazil's worst mining tragedy to date, the dam collapsed on Jan. 25, leaving at least 165 dead and hundreds missing.

Authorities raid houses of opponents of the constitutional referendum

Cuban opponents of the constitutional referendum denounced that military and police officers have assaulted more than a dozen of their homes with extreme violence.

Raids, leading to arrests and looting, sometimes in the presence of high-ranking officials of the Ministry of the Interior, are often carried out without prior warning or court order.
One of those arrested and released, the former politician José Daniel Ferrer, said the attacks targeted those who oppose the communist constitutional referendum of February 24, which he describes as fraudulent.
The Patriotic Union of Cuba - an organization that holds more than 50 political prisoners - along with other opponents, have declared a hunger strike as a sign of protest.

Explosive attack on pipeline in Colombia

Petrol company Ecopetrol denounced that its pipeline network suffered another attack in southern Colombia, this time with explosives.

They reported that although the Mansoyá Orito oil pipeline in the department of Putumayo was out of operation, the explosion caused a fire.
The company did not attribute the attack to any group, pointing out that it was already the tenth attack suffered by its pipelines in 2019. Fortunately, there were no fatalities or injuries, but there was material damage from the oil spill.

Guaidó delivers humanitarian aid in Venezuela

The self-proclaimed president and leader of Parliament, Juan Guaidó, announced the delivery of the first remittance of humanitarian aid in Venezuela.
He declared that the Association of Health Centers received 85,000 food supplements, equivalent to one million seven hundred thousand rations for children and 4,500 for pregnant women.
He also thanked the countries that are collaborating to introduce humanitarian aid in Venezuela, in the face of opposition from Nicolás Maduro and the army.
On Tuesday, he called on the people to demonstrate for the third time to demand the entry of food and medicine.
Maduro denied that there is a humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and maintained that aid is part of the plan to overthrow him, Maduro also led “Chavista” rallies yesterday.

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