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Chilean miners sue authorities for negligence

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Chilean miners sue authorities for negligence


Thirty-one of the Chilean miners who spent two months underground when a gold and copper mine collapsed sued the government for negligence on Friday.

The lawsuit alleged Chilean mining authorities failed to carry out proper safety checks or review working condition.

Each of the miners joining the lawsuit is seeking 380,000 euros in compensation.

One of the 31, Luis Urzua, spoke to reporters after lawyers filed their claim.

“We always said we were going to bring this lawsuit. We said that from the first day we were trapped It is the alleged negligence of the National Service of Geology and Mining and the alleged negligence of the mine’s owners that is the real reason behind this action. We are not against the government or our rescuers,” Urzua said.

A total of 33 miners were trapped for 69 days when the San Jose mine in northern Chile collapsed on August 5th.

Their story captured the world’s attention as they survived the disaster against the odds before being dramatically winched to safety in a televised rescue operation.

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