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10 Mai 2021


Mexico: Opposition leader and his wife murdered for denouncing Penmont mining company; banner with names of ejidatarios accompanied bodies in Sonora desert

“A couple who challenged the Sonora mine was killed.13 other threats”, 07 May 2021

...A couple opposed to the activities of a mining company in Sonora were killed last week, threatening 13 other anti-mining activists and raising a request for government protection from organizations defending the rights of those affected by the mining industry. I did. The mining-influenced Mexican People’s Network (Rema) said in a statement that it was a subsidiary of community landowner Jose de Jesus Robledo Cruz and his wife Maria de Jesus Gomez Vega and Grupo Penoles. An opponent of Penmont said he was killed on April 29. Municipality of Puerto Penasco...Rema said the bodies of Robledo and Gomez were dumped with signs of threatening the other 13 people. ejidatarios, Or the landowner of the community. The group said these landowners were clearly at “high risk”...The murder occurred in the context of Penmont requiring compliance with “multiple legal decisions” to pay rent. ejidatarios “For the illegal occupation of their land”, return the illegally extracted gold to them and pay compensation for environmental damage, Rema said. He said this was not the first time Robledo and Gómez were targeted. They were kidnapped and tortured in 2017 by a hooded armed man in military uniform. He also states that landowners have been harassed and suffered from violence since 2002, when Penmont first entered Elbazio...Penmont has released a press release denying the relationship with the couple’s death...“Penmont has categorically rejected allegations or hints of any kind of link to criminal activity this weekend,” the company said in a statement. “It rejects any form of violence and relies on the judicial system in resolving problems”...