They Came For The Gold Hightlights Small-Town Defeat of Big-Scale Mining (Video)


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Argentina is one of the richest areas left for precious metal mining. Over 400 mega-mines are already in operation and many more would like to get started. However, they are not always welcomed. They Came For The Gold, They Came For It All is a film about one small town's defeat of a major mining company's bid to dig in to their mountain, a project that threatened not only the mountain habitat but also the area's water supply. The film shows that how even a small town with a high unemployment rate can fight against a project that doesn't have the citizens' best interests at heart.
From the website: "In Esquel, Argentinean Patagonia, a Canadian company was granted with the rights to extract gold and silver from a mountain located 7 km. away from the city, using huge amounts of water and cyanide. With a 50% of the population living below the limits of poverty, the mining enterprise arises as the great solution for such dearth.
"They come for the gold, they come for it all" tells the epic victory of this little Patagonian town who defeated huge economical and political powers, making a big choice about their own future."

The film is an inspiring testament to what can be accomplished when enough people rally to protect their homes from a future worst than dealing with unemployment and poverty.

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