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A strike over pay has halted production at the world's largest copper mine, Escondida, operated by BHP Billiton in the Antofagasta region, Chile. (File, AFP)
A strike over pay has halted production at the world's largest copper mine, Escondida, operated by BHP Billiton in the Antofagasta region, Chile. (File, AFP)

Santiago - BHP Billiton [JSE:BIL], owner of the world’s top copper mine, said it will take legal action after a group of about 300 people entered the Escondida mine during a strike and forced some contractors to abandon the site.

People with their faces covered entered the mine site at 6pm Santiago time on Saturday, threatening the staff of contract companies and setting off fire alarms, causing damage, the Melbourne-based company said in an emailed statement on Sunday.

A smaller group cut power to security cameras, it said.

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