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12 Dec 2012

Grahame Russel, rabble.ca [Canada]

New acts of repression target land defenders in Guatemala

On December 7-8, hundreds of police and anti-riot troops, along with mining company personnel, arrived effectively on behalf of KCA (and Radius Gold), with “verbal” orders to evict the community members who are peacefully and legally on their own community property. At least three community members...needed medical attention due to breathing in the tear-gas after the aggression by the armed forces...[C]ommunity members [say they] were never...consulted as to whether or not they wanted this type of “development” in their lands and community...[Also refers to EXMINGUA (part of KCA)] [Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited KCA & Radius Gold to respond. KCA response provided below. Radius Gold did not respond.]