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Government dismisses calls by Amerindian Leaders to have Amerindian Act revised – 8th Feb 2013

shot0005Amerindian leaders are demanding the Amerindian Act to be revised, in wake of what they view as a disputed ruling by Justice Diana Insanally, in favour of a mining operation in the Isseneru Village.

But Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Roger Luncheon, at his weekly press briefing said, Cabinet had assessed the reactions to the ruling and rejected the view that the ruling reflected any weakness or lack of enforceability on the provisions of the Act.

The judge pointed to the fact that the mining operation was there prior to the title being issued back in 2006. Amerindian Toshaos believe that they are being treated as second-class citizens and pledged to continue the struggle for what rightfully belongs to them. Over the past few weeks Amerindians mounted a series of picketing exercises to vent their disgust over the ruling.

Isseneru residents want mining operations to be halted until the matter is determined in the Court of Appeal.

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