(COPIAPO, Chile) -- Less than a week after their rescue, a number of the 33 Chilean miners who for two months were trapped a half-mile below the earth’s surface, attended a religious mass Sunday at the San Jose mine.
Miners arrived to a flurry of journalists, many looking to snap video and pictures of the men and their families.
“Let them pass,” a police officer could be heard telling the media in Spanish. “They are not the Beatles.”
“Clearly it is difficult for some to return to the mine so soon after they just tasted freedom for the first time in 10 months,” said ABC’s Neal Karlinsky, who looked on as the men arrived.
As the rescued miners celebrated mass, a group of about 25 miners who also worked at the mine protested. Carrying signs that read "Somos 300, No 33" translation: "We are 300 not 33," these miners are upset that when the mine closes, unlike the rescued 33, they will not get financial assistance from the Chilean government.
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