For more than a month, a group of 16 fishing boats has been blocking a key port in Panama, choking off coal and essential supplies destined for First Quantum Minerals’ giant copper mine there, eventually forcing it to halt operations at the company’s biggest revenue source.

The fishing flotilla has provided a fresh jolt of marine backing to the thousands of Panamanians who have been marching daily to demand the annulment of the Canadian miner’s contract, arguing its presence violates Panama’s sovereignty and threatens its environment.

The fishermen are angry that the company has appropriated resources,

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