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Mexico: 2 anti-mining activists opposing Mag Silver mining operation killed

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Author: Mariana Escobedo, W Radio [México]

[Unos] cien manifestantes de "El Barzón" protestaron frente a la Embajada de Canadá donde pretendían entregar una carta de denuncia contra la minera Mag Silver por las muertes de los defensores del agua, Manuelita Solís e Ismael Solorio…[Un vocero] exigió a las autoridades que agoten las líneas de investigación que conducen a la minera, dado que al momento de ser acribillados, los también fundadores de "El Barzón", encabezaban la lucha contra la sobre-explotación de los mantos acuíferos que realiza la Compañía de Servicios Mineros Cascabel, filial de la minera Canadiense Mag Silver…

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Author: Víctor M. Quintana S., La Jornada [México]

…[Nos] duele mucho que Ismael Solorio haya sido asesinado…junto con su esposa Manuela Martha Solís, en la carretera Cuauhtémoc-Colonia Obregón, trayecto que…está controlado por una organización criminal…Ismael Solorio Urrutia, uno de los fundadores de El Barzón, en Chihuahua…[había sido] sometido a una terrible campaña de linchamiento mediático y político…[y una] golpiza que recibió dos días antes a manos de asalariados de la minera El Cascabel…[Con] sus compañeros y compañeras barzonistas, Ismael emprendió una lucha…[por] la defensa del agua…[del] movimiento de los Defensores del Agua del Desierto Chihuahuense, que reivindica el fin de los aprovechamientos y perforaciones ilegales en la cuenca del…río del Carmen…[Los] autores intelectuales..[serían] los grandes acaparadores de las escasas aguas del desierto chihuahuense y la empresa minera canadiense, Mag Silver…

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26 October 2012

Mining activists killed in Mexico

Author: EJOLT

The double assassination on October 22, 2012 of the leader of Barzon movement, Ismael Solorio Urrutia, and of his wife Manuela Martha Solis Contreras is causing outrage in the Chihuahuan society [because it]…is the climax of a lynching campaign undertaken against the Barzon farmers’ organization that is going on for several weeks, in relation to local opposition against a subsidiary of The Canadian mining company Mag Silver, in the municipality of Buenaventura…

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Company response
24 October 2012

MAG Issues Statement in Connection with Tragic Incident Involving Local Ejido Leader

Author: MAG Silver

MAG Silver Corp. was informed on Tuesday of the tragic death of Ismael Solorio Urrutia and his wife Manual Martha Solís Contreras who were gunned down on Monday, October 22 while driving on the highway outside of Ciudad Cuauhtémoc…The board and management of MAG wish to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Solorio and his wife. MAG also wishes to make clear that the vicious lies that have been circulating that MAG was somehow involved in these heinous acts are entirely false. MAG has had absolutely no involvement in this tragic event and sincerely hopes that those responsible will be swiftly brought to justice…

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