Honduras: Following closure of mines, fear, internal division and persecution of defenders reportedly continue in two rural towns

Author: Malcolm Garcia, Global Sisters Report, Published on: 15 August 2016

“Closed mines haunt two towns in Honduras as threats against activists mount” 8 Aug 2016

…Community opposition succeeded in shutting down mines in Nueva Esperanza in northern Honduras and El Tránsito far to the south near the border of Nicaragua. But to many people in these two small towns the closings serve only as a pyrrhic victory. For now, the armed guards that circled the mines are gone. But gone, too, are the jobs the mines provided. In their place is a lingering loss of trust among residents in these agricultural communities and a continuing fear that this is just a temporary respite before the mines in both towns reopen…Between 2011 and 2013 when…Minerales Victoria mining company, purchased 2471.05 acres, covering all of Nueva Esperanza and 15 other farming communities, the residents of Nueva Esperanza "were victims of militarization and para-militarization of their territories, persecution and threats, and police and judicial harassment," according to…ERIC…

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Related companies: Alutech (parte de Inversiones EMCO) Grupo EMCO Minerales Victoria (part of Alutech)