28 Aug 2012

Coal miners barricaded inside pit

10:48 am on 28 August 2012

Coal miners on the Italian island of Sardinia are barricaded inside their pit over fears that the mine could be closed, leaving them without jobs.

About 100 men are involved in the protest and say they intend to continue until a meeting with the government about the mine's future on Friday.

The BBC reports they claim to have large quantities of explosives.

The miners previously closed the pit for 100 days in 1995.