Protests block Brazil Vale iron ore railway for fourth day
SAO PAULO, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Brazilian miner Vale SA said the railway used to transport iron ore to an Atlantic port from its Carajas mine in the Amazon jungle has been shut for four days as a result of a protest on the tracks.
Vale said in a statement that the protests are not directed at the firm but declined to say whether iron ore exports from its Port of Ponta da Madeira in Sao Luis, Brazil have been affected.
Around 150 people cordoned off part of the tracks in the north-eastern state Maranhao as part of a land-claim bid, according to the company and police.
When running normally, the railway moves nearly 400,000 tonnes of iron ore per day aboard 12 trains that carry about 33,000 tonnes of ore each.
The police have received a court order to remove the protesters from the land and are evaluating exactly how to free up the line.
Local police commander Hormann Schneider said he estimated that the train line could be re-opened Friday or Saturday if the protesters were cooperative. (Reporting by Gustavo Bonato; Writing by Stephen Eisenhammer; Editing by Andrea Ricci)
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