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More than 100 miners have barricaded themselves with explosives inside a carbon mine on the Italian island of Sardinia as they seek to persuade the government to invest in the mine's future. The strike began Sunday night with 40 miners holed up with roughly 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosives. An additional 80 joined them Monday in their position nearly 400 meters (1,300 feet) deep in the Nuraxi Ficu mine, according to Sandro Mereu, one of the workers at the mine and a trade union representative.
The miners from a 460-strong workforce seized 350 kilos of company explosives and locked themselves inside the Carbosulcis mine west of Cagliari overnight on Monday, one of them said, ahead of a government meeting this week to discuss the pit's future. "We are worried that the mine may close. We are afraid for our jobs," said Sandro Mereu, 54, a miner who has worked there for 28 years
If you're right, and this does occur more and more often, then somebody should explain the thinking to me. The miners are saying "Do what we want, or we'll kill ourselves." Doesn't this kind of solve itself? I don't understand. It reminds me of the scene in Blazing Saddles where the new Sheriff holds a gun to his own head and tells the crowd to let him go or he'll shoot the Sheriff.
I'm afraid this kind of extreme protests and events will be more often in the future across Europe.Crisis is real and is getting bigger.People are simply desperate for secured and stabile jobs . I hope the end will be good in this developing "situation".