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18 Jun 2014

Canadian Centre for International Justice

CCIJ's Public Cases and Interventions Tahoe Resources Inc. [Guatemala]

On June 18, 2014, seven Guatemalan men filed a civil lawsuit in a Vancouver court against...Tahoe Resources Inc. for injuries they suffered when Tahoe’s security personnel opened fire on them at close range. The men, residents of San Rafael Las Flores, where the company’s Escobal mine is located, allege that Tahoe is legally responsible for the violence inflicted on them as they peacefully protested against the mine. The lawsuit alleges that the shooting was a premeditated attempt by mine security personnel to eliminate resistance to the mine – Tahoe’s lone asset and one that the company has publicly claimed could someday equal the output of the world’s largest silver mine. Despite strong opposition in several Guatemalan communities over concerns about possible environmental impacts and the lack of meaningful consultation with local residents, Tahoe has continued the development of the mine and began commercial silver production in January 2014...[Also refers to Anvil Mining, Hudbay Minerals]