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Burkina Faso Residents Protest Iamgold’s Essakane Mine Jobs

March 21 (Bloomberg) -- About 100 people in Burkina Faso, blocked a road to protest the lack of local employment at Iamgold Corp.’s Essakane mine, said Mathieu Soubeiga, a resident of the area.

“They were scattered by the police,” he said by phone today from Dori, the main town in the region that is located about 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) from the mine.

The company had received the complaint from the residents on March 15 and talks were being held, said Ibrahim Ag Mohamed, a spokesman for Essakane SA.

“We are surprised by this break of dialog,” he said by phone. The company and Burkina Faso’s Mines Ministry will meet with the residents on March 23, Mohamed said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Simon Gongo in Ouagadougou at sgongo@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Emily Bowers at ebowers1@bloomberg.net

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