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15 Sep 2020

Mining Watch

Why Can’t Equinox Gold Keep an Agreement? Community Shuts Down Los Filos Mine Twice in Two Weeks

...On Sunday September 13, the Ejido of Carrizalillo shut down the Los Filos gold mine in Guerrero, México for the second time in two weeks. This came after the company again refused to honour its commitment, which would have enabled talks to begin immediately over a new social-cooperation agreement with the community. The Ejido first began stopping operations at the mine on September 3 over racist and discriminatory treatment as well as the company’s breaches of their social-cooperation agreement. The Ejido had agreed to terms on September 11 that allowed the mine to start operating the same day. The two parties had also agreed that the community’s encampment would remain in place until dialogue led to significant advances in line with community expectations. However, two days later, the Ejido received a letter from Equinox Gold’s Vice President for Mexico, Peter Burger, which completely ignored the September 11 agreement, stating that the Ejido must remove the encampment for their own safety and as a condition for talks to start. The Ejido, infuriated by the turnabout, shut down the mine again on Sunday afternoon...