Guatemala: Peaceful protesters of gold mine operated by U.S. concern, evicted

Posted on May 24, 2014 • Filed under: Conflicts, Guatemala, Latin America Mining, Police/Military Activity

James Rodríguez reported ( Since March 2012, hundreds of local community members from San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc, Guatemala, have peacefully blocked the entrance to US-based Kappes, Cassiday & Associates’ El Tambor gold mine. Locals argue the industrial project will consume their already short supplies of water and believe there was no appropriate consultation process regarding the installation of the mine. Earlier this year, the resistance managed a partial victory when P&F Contratistas, a local heavy machinery company, broke its contract with KCA because the US company had failed to pay them. After numerous attempts by the mining company to add new machinery to the site, police officers violently evicted protesters on May 23, 2014. Read Article

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