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Brazil’s Vale suspends operations at New Caledonia plant after protests

The logo of the Brucutu mine owned by Brazilian mining company Vale SA is seen in Sao Goncalo do Rio Abaixo

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian miner Vale SA said on Thursday that it has halted operations on the Pacific island of New Caledonia after pro-independence protests nearby, and that military forces are now guarding the evacuated plant.

In a securities filing, Vale said there was no environmental damage, industrial accidents or injuries, and that operations have been suspended “in a safe and controlled manner.”

(Reporting by Jamie McGeever; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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