[video] Guatemala mine 'exploiting' locals

Author: David Mercer, Al Jazeera, Published on: 9 March 2010

Rights activists and residents have accused the Canadian owners [Goldcorp] of Guatemala's largest gold mine of exploiting local communities. Most worrying, they say, is the use of highly toxic cyanide to separate gold particles from the rock. Some residents claim that dangerous waste from the mine is making their children sick. [Parents who work at the mine…said that speaking out against their employer would cost them their jobs. Goldcorp denies these accusations…“investigations have been conducted in Guatemala…in response to allegations of medical conditions and skin rashes…no evidence exists that these conditions are related to the operation marlin mine in Guatemala”]

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