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Guatemala: Police use teargas against protesters blocking Tahoe Resources mine over alleged negative impacts; company points to prior attempts at engaging stakeholders

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23 June 2017

Guatemala police clear access to Tahoe’s blocked Escobal mine

Author: Henry Lazenby, Mining Weekly (Canada)

…Police have used teargas to clear a public road near the town of Casillas, in south-east Guatemala, of protesters blocking access to Canadian miner Tahoe Resources’ controversial Escobal mine…The TSX- and NYSE-listed miner said in a statement on Friday that the Guatemalan government had taken legal action to disperse protestors…after locals blocked access earlier in the week in protests relating to a variety of issues, including claims that mining at Escobal is causing seismic activity 16 km away in Casillas…“The company has worked diligently to engage numerous stakeholders, including the VP of Guatemala, the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Ministry of the Environment, human rights ombudsman, representatives of the Catholic Church and diplomatic missions involved in human rights monitoring to attempt to resolve the matter peacefully,” the company stated...

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23 June 2017

Tahoe provides Escobal update

Author: Tahoe Resources

…Tahoe Resources Inc. (TSX: THO, NYSE: TAHO) (“Tahoe” or the “Company”) reported today that the Guatemalan government has taken legal action to disburse protestors and open the primary road that connects Guatemala City to San Rafael las Flores near the Escobal Mine. The Company has learned that police used tear gas to clear the public road. This action comes after many days of illegal blockage and extensive dialogue between protestors, the Government and the Company to resolve the blockade of the road near the town of Casillas. The Company is not aware of any serious injuries as a result of the action. The Company has worked diligently to engage numerous stakeholders, including the Vice President of Guatemala, the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Ministry of the Environment, Human Rights Ombudsman, representatives of the Catholic Church and diplomatic missions involved in human rights monitoring to attempt to resolve the matter peacefully…