Tinogasta is a large town in arid Catamarca Province, where locals struggle to keep mining companies away from extracting uranium in the region. Roadblocks and rallies are common. IN the picture, a classical Argentinean pick up, flag, and a "pava" (teapot to boil water for mate)
Image of the town center, where life seems to carry on, while the threat is always there, underneath your feet.
As in the rest of the mining provinces, the problem is deep and has to do with possible models of development. Catamarca certainly existed before mining boom. Other activities such as agriculture (olive) are gradually loosing their reputation as key factors for economy development. Also, undescriminate social benefit programs are a factory of laziness. Most people just live day by day by stretching their assigned budget, and don´t work the land as eagerly as their ancestors.
Trucks in direction to La Alumbrerra mine being blocked by local enviromentalists in Tinogasta.
The mine trucks attempt to organize a counter-block. But the Army inmediatly ordered them to return to their possitions.