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14 Jan 2015

Jimmy Tobias, The Nation (USA)

Poor Guatemalans are taking on North American Mining Companies—and have the bullet wounds to prove it (The Nation)

14 January 2015

As nonviolent protests have spread throughout the country, the right-wing government and the mines’ security operations have responded with force… “[Mining] projects of destruction and death and social conflict.” [declares human rights defender Oqueli]…Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA)…is one of many North American mining corporations that have swept into this small Central American republic over the past two decades to exploit rich deposits…But the mining boom has met serious resistance…Environmental activists and indigenous leaders have been subject to kidnapping, intimidation, torture, arrest and imprisonment for their outspoken advocacy…Meanwhile Tahoe, with its single mine, is committed to exploiting the silver under Guatemala’s green hills...[includes comments from Tahoe, KCA]