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Indonesian forces fire on striking Freeport-McMoran miners; 1 dead

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Indonesian police clash with striking workers of US gold and copper mining giant company Freeport McMoran in Timika, Papua province on October 10. Police shot and killed one protester and wounded another. Papua police spokesman Wachyono said that police officers fired warning shots into the air after the striking workers, who are protesting over wages, pelted them with stones, injuring seven policemen.

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Striking miners employed by Freeport McMoran march during a protest in Timika, West Papua, on October 10.

The AP reports from TIMIKA, Indonesia:

Indonesian security forces fired on striking workers at the world's biggest gold mine Monday, killing one and injuring more than a dozen other people, officials said.

Two container trucks heading to the mining town from a nearby port were set ablaze by striking employees, angry that mine operator, Phoenix-based Freeport-McMoran, was bringing in replacement workers by the busload and moving them into their barracks.

Grasberg, which is the world's largest gold mine and one of the biggest copper mines, has frequently seen protests over wages that workers complain are one tenth of what Freeport pays its miners in other countries. Read the full story.