Venezuela’s gold mines close to collapse

Falling production prompts critics to blame late leader Hugo Chavez’s nationalisation decree for stunting growth.

Venezuela’s gold-mining industry is close to collapse as production levels continue to fall.

Former President Hugo Chavez nationalised the sector and tried to crack down on illegal operations. But his policies have almost destroyed the industry, critics say.

Al Jazeera’s Cath Turner reports from El Callao, in the state of Bolivar.

Source: Al Jazeera