Between A Nugget And A Hard Place

Scrawled in huge red letters on a wall in this remote town in Venezuela's "Wild South" is this slogan: "The mines belong to us--not the gringos." Louder than the salsa music that blares from the barroom, the words scream the rage that erupted here in May, when thousands of miners were forced off the nearby Corazon de Jesus gold-mining concession they had worked for years.

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