Guatemala: Indigenous journalist assaulted while reporting on Oxec hydroelectric project; company denies responsibility

Author: TeleSur (Venezuela), Published on: 28 August 2018

“Guatemala: teleSUR Correspondent Attacked By Men With Machetes”, 24 of August 2018

Rolanda de Jesus Garcia Hernandez was filming the consequences of alleged illegal logging by a hydroelectric company when men threatened her with machetes...Garcia and another teleSUR correspondent, Santiago Boton, were summoned by the Q'eqchi' community authorities of Sacta, on Cahabon's riverside…Garcia told …"I managed to film some images, some shots with the locals. At the other side, we saw there were some employees from the Oxec company. After a few minutes, they started yelling at us." The employees then approached the reporting team and tried to take the cameras. They then shouted sexually suggestive threats at Garcia in Spanish…“Employees of the Oxec Hydroelectric detained the journalist Rolanda de Jesus Garcia, along with community members of Sacte in the Cahabon municipality, Alta Verapaz. The journalist was doing her journalism work when detained…After threatening to rape and kill her then throw her body into the river, the men finally released Garcia when she promised never to return. The incident has been reported to police…The Oxec Hyodroelectric has denied any responsibility for the incident or having knowledge of Garcia's journalistic work...

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Related companies: Energy Resources Capital Oxec (part of Energy Resources Capital)