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A protester performs in front of Brazilian mining company Vale headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 16, 2015. The bursting of two dams at a mine operated by Brazilian company Samarco - equally owned by Vale and Australian BHP Billiton- unleashed torrents of waste that flattened a village in Minas Gerais State on November 5 killing ten people. Brazilian mining firm Samarco promised Monday to pay at least $260 million for damage from the bursting, prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 16: Protestors chant and hug amidst muddy water which they spashed at the entrance to Vale headquarters on November 16, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The bursting of two dams at the Samarco mining operation, jointly owned by Vale and BHP Billiton, unleashed a flood of muddy waste which mostly levelled a village in Minas Gerais state. The massive mudflow left ten people dead and an environmental aftermath polluting downstream waters. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Protesters embrace after throwing muddy water on the façade of Brazilian mining company Vale headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 16, 2015. The bursting of two dams at a mine operated by Brazilian company Samarco - equally owned by Vale and Australian BHP Billiton- unleashed torrents of waste that flattened a village in Minas Gerais State on November 5 killing ten people. Brazilian mining firm Samarco promised Monday to pay at least $260 million for damage from the bursting, prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
A man lies on the sidewalk during a protest against the Brazilian mining company Vale, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The demonstrators demand that the company take responsibility for the damage caused by two dams that burst at its iron ore mine, that wiped out a village in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A woman with her face covered with clay, lies on the street during a protest against the Brazilian mining company Vale, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The demonstrators demand that the company take responsibility for the damage caused by two dams that burst at its iron ore mine, that wiped out a village in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
People perform during a protest against the Brazilian mining company Vale, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The demonstrators demand that the company take responsibility for the damage caused by two dams that burst at its iron ore mine, that wiped out a village in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A woman spreads clay over the windows of the Brazilian mining company Vale building during a protest against the mining company, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The demonstrators demand that the company take responsibility for the damage caused by two dams that burst at its iron ore mine, that wiped out a village in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
People perform during a protest against the Brazilian mining company Vale, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The demonstrators demand that the company take responsibility for the damage caused by two dams that burst at its iron ore mine, that wiped out a village in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
A woman with her face covered with clay, lies on the sidewalk during a protest against the Brazilian mining company Vale, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The demonstrators demand that the company take responsibility for the damage caused by two dams that burst at its iron ore mine, that wiped out a village in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Protesters perform in front of Brazilian mining company Vale headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 16, 2015. The bursting of two dams at a mine operated by Brazilian company Samarco - equally owned by Vale and Australian BHP Billiton- unleashed torrents of waste that flattened a village in Minas Gerais State on November 5 killing ten people. Brazilian mining firm Samarco promised Monday to pay at least $260 million for damage from the bursting, prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman spreads clay over the logo of the Brazilian mining company Vale at the entrance of the company building, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The demonstrators demand that the company take responsibility for the damage caused by two dams that burst at its iron ore mine, that wiped out a village in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)
Protesters perform in front of Brazilian mining company Vale headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 16, 2015. The bursting of two dams at a mine operated by Brazilian company Samarco - equally owned by Vale and Australian BHP Billiton- unleashed torrents of waste that flattened a village in Minas Gerais State on November 5 killing ten people. Brazilian mining firm Samarco promised Monday to pay at least $260 million for damage from the bursting, prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters perform in front of Brazilian mining company Vale headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 16, 2015. The bursting of two dams at a mine operated by Brazilian company Samarco - equally owned by Vale and Australian BHP Billiton- unleashed torrents of waste that flattened a village in Minas Gerais State on November 5 killing ten people. Brazilian mining firm Samarco promised Monday to pay at least $260 million for damage from the bursting, prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman spreads muddy water on the façade of Brazilian mining company headquarters Vale during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 16, 2015. The bursting of two dams at a mine operated by Brazilian company Samarco - equally owned by Vale and Australian BHP Billiton- unleashed torrents of waste that flattened a village in Minas Gerais State on November 5 killing ten people. Brazilian mining firm Samarco promised Monday to pay at least $260 million for damage from the bursting, prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 16: Protestors perform lying in muddy water which they spashed at the entrance to Vale headquarters on November 16, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The bursting of two dams at the Samarco mining operation, jointly owned by Vale and BHP Billiton, unleashed a flood of muddy waste which mostly levelled a village in Minas Gerais state. The massive mudflow left ten people dead and an environmental aftermath polluting downstream waters. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 16: Protestors perform lying in muddy water which they spashed at the entrance to Vale headquarters on November 16, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The bursting of two dams at the Samarco mining operation, jointly owned by Vale and BHP Billiton, unleashed a flood of muddy waste which mostly levelled a village in Minas Gerais state. The massive mudflow left ten people dead and an environmental aftermath polluting downstream waters. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
A woman spreads muddy water on the façade of Brazilian mining company Vale headquarters during a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 16, 2015. The bursting of two dams at a mine operated by Brazilian company Samarco - equally owned by Vale and Australian BHP Billiton- unleashed torrents of waste that flattened a village in Minas Gerais State on November 5 killing ten people. Brazilian mining firm Samarco promised Monday to pay at least $260 million for damage from the bursting, prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
Protesters throw muddy water on the façade of Brazilian mining company Vale headquarters next to a sign reading 'How much does a life cost?' in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 16, 2015. The bursting of two dams at a mine operated by Brazilian company Samarco - equally owned by Vale and Australian BHP Billiton- unleashed torrents of waste that flattened a village in Minas Gerais State on November 5 killing ten people. Brazilian mining firm Samarco promised Monday to pay at least $260 million for damage from the bursting, prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
A protester throws muddy water on the façade of Brazilian mining company Vale headquarters as another holds a sign reading 'How much does a life cost?' in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 16, 2015. The bursting of two dams at a mine operated by Brazilian company Samarco - equally owned by Vale and Australian BHP Billiton- unleashed torrents of waste that flattened a village in Minas Gerais State on November 5 killing ten people. Brazilian mining firm Samarco promised Monday to pay at least $260 million for damage from the bursting, prosecutors said. AFP PHOTO / YASUYOSHI CHIBA (Photo credit should read YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Over 100 activists gathered outside Brazil's mining giant Vale on Monday wearing a group "mud river" costume to represent the deadly dam burst at one of its iron oremines earlier this month.

The activists in Rio de Janeiro demanded a stronger response from the company after two of its dams collapsed in Mariana, causing major damage to the environment and killing at least seven people with 15 still missing.

The demonstrators smeared mud on the windows outside the company's headquarters and also covered the Vale's logos.

The iron ore mine run by Samarco, which is owned by Vale and BHP Billiton, has been fined 250 million reais ($65.5 million dollars) and forced to pay for accommodations for those dispossessed.

The company has drawn criticism for its delayed public response to the disaster and apparent lack of involvement in the recovery plan.

Activist, Valeria Rocha, said Vale needed to act quickly to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

"That was not an accident. This tragedy was predictable and if they do nothing about this, other similar tragedies will occur. We have to put a stop to all of this and Vale and BHP have to pay for what they did," she said.

Marina Guisardi, an agriculture engineer who helped organise the protest, said their goal was to make more people aware of the gravity of the issue.

"Today our goal is to catch the attention of more people so that Vale, Samarco and BHP commit to repairing everything that was destroyed," she said.

Samarco, Vale and BHP are scrambling to control the fallout from the disaster, which has polluted the Rio Doce river across two states and cut water supplies in many areas.

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