Dozens of people protested in Jerada, Sunday, demanding the release of detained activists and to improve the living conditions of local residents. Demonstrators have been campaigning against the economic policies of the government, which they claim encourages people to dig abandoned mines in dangerous conditions. The Jerada mine used to employ over 9,000 people before it closed in 1990... Еще. Despite the mine being shuttered, impoverished young people continue to brave the pits — dubbed «the mines of death» — to extract coal by hand to sell to local traders. The demonstrations have been taking place since December 22 last year, when two brothers aged 23 and 30 died after an abandoned mine collapsed on them.