Mining halted after deaths

AN Australian mining company has halted its activities in Indonesia, after three protesters were killed by police during a demonstration.

Arc Exploration has advised its shareholders via an announcement to the Stock Exchange that it has halted its gold exploration work on the island of Sumbawa, east of Bali.

On Saturday riot police shot the anti-mining protesters in the port town of Sape, an incident which the police force now says was an overreaction.

Arc has been locked in a long dispute with anti-mining activists and local farmers, who were calling on the government to revoke its large exploration lease when the riot police moved in on the weekend.

The statement from Arc Exploration says that while it remains in full compliance with all legal, regulatory and licence requirements, the company has halted exploration activities at the Bima project until the situation is resolved.

Read more at ABC news online.

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