Chile fired several regulators who gave permission to the San Esteban mine to reopen after it had been shut for safety reasons. The mine reopened two years ago and then a week ago it caved in, trapping or killing 33 workers. So far rescue efforts have been in vain.
President Sebastian Piñera went on TV and said he had requested the resignations (story in Spanish from La Tercera) of the head of the mining & geology service, the mining subdirector and the regional director for Atacama.
As a habitually cynical and negative person, always seeking the dark cloud around any silver lining, I find this move frustrating. It seems like a perfectly reasonable thing to do, and will probably help improve mine safety in the world’s biggest copper-producing country. Please, help me figure out how this shows that Piñera is really a crypto-fascist standing up for the companies against the state. Or something. Help.