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Brazil’s City of Mariana Refuses to Withdraw UK Samarco Lawsuit

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The city of Mariana (MG) will not withdraw the lawsuit filed in the United Kingdom for damages suffered as a result of the 2015 rupture of the dam in the Samarco mining facilities, says the city’s mayor. Samarco is a partnership between Brazilian Vale and Anglo-Australian BHP Billiton.

"They want us to give up our rights to receive something that has already been agreed on. The mining executives think that they can put a muzzle on the mayors," Mariana’s mayor, Duarte Júnior, told government news agency . . .

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