Call for Grasberg mine to stay shut following disaster

May 17, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT
Workers take part in the rescue effort after an underground training classroom collapsed in Big Gossan at the Grasberg complex in remote West Papua province in this May 17, 2013 picture provided by PT Freeport Indonesia.
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Labor leaders have called for the Grasberg gold and copper mine in eastern Indonesia to remain closed for an investigation into a tunnel collapse that left five dead and 23 missing. The accident occurred at an underground training classroom at the Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.-owned mine on May 14. Lukas Enembe, governor of Papua province where the mine is located, said rescuers might need two to three days more digging to get through to the classroom. Hundreds of workers are blocking a main road about 3 kilometres from the accident site in solidarity with the victims.

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