Anglo American resumes operations at Los Bronces mine in Chile after violent protests

SANTIAGO, Chile – British mining company Anglo American Plc is resuming operations at its Los Bronces copper mine in Chile after violent protests by contractors.

The company said Tuesday it is restarting the mine a day after halting operations to guarantee the safety of its employees.

Anglo American also had evacuated the mine’s workers after contractors took over roads leading to Los Bronces by setting mining truck tires afire and vandalizing the mine.

The mine is expected to operate normally by the end of the day.

Los Bronces is in the Andes mountains 40 miles (65 kilometres) from Santiago. It produced 365,000 metric tons of fine copper in 2012.

The company says it is open to talks with worker unions.

Normal operations continue at all other Anglo American mines in Chile.