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A video from Project Accompaniment Québec-Guatemala, for the divestment campaign The Money Thread. In Guatemala, the canadian mining company Tahoe Resources, funded in part by Canadians and Quebecois' pension funds, is leading a very violent, controversial and destructive mining project, El Escobal. The activist and lawyer Rafal Malonado tells us about it, during his visit in Montreal in March 2014. Visit THEMONEYTHREAD.ORG
Many sectors of the global economy may be struggling in the recession, but precious metals remain a valuable commodity. Over the last 10 years, the price of gold has risen sharply, peaking at $1,921 an ounce in September and now hovering around $1,730 an ounce. In the first of a four-part series on how people are taking extreme measures to get their hands on precious metals, Al Jazeera takes a look at Guatemalans who are braving dangerous conditions to search for gold. David Mercer reports from Guatemala City, the capital.
Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe Subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/AJSubscribe A Canadian mining company stands accused of violating human rights and damaging the environment in Guatemala. As the price of gold has rocketed amidst global economic uncertainty, Goldcorp argues it is sharing its record revenues with an impoverished community by providing jobs and economic development. The company owns the Marlin mine in Guatemala, which was opened in 2005 despite the objections of indiginous communities. At Al Jazeera English, we focus on people and events that affect people's lives. We bring topics to light that often go under-reported, listening to all sides of the story and giving a 'voice to the voiceless.' Reaching more than 270 million households in over 140 ...
A Canadian-owned mine in Guatemala. A nearby indigenous community evicted. If you talk to the company, the community is solidly behind them. But according to a special documentary report not everyone agrees. For the company's side of the story, Avi talks to Andrew Grant of Skye Resources Limited in Vancouver.
The Marlin Gold Mine is one of the biggest and most profitable in Guatemala. But since it started operating in 2005 the surrounding communities have witnessed a surge in violence. Locals say opposing the mine, which wants to buy up local land, has stirred up angry workers who fear a loss of their jobs if the mine does not continue to expand. Al Jazeera's Dave Mercer speaks to Diadora Hernandez, who says she was nearly killed because of her opposition to the mine.
Rights activists and residents have accused the Canadian owners 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. Al Jazeeras David Mercer reports from San Miguel Ixtahuacan.
http://www.euronews.com/ Guatemala has declared a state of emergency in four southeastern towns following deadly clashes related to a proposed silver mine. The declaration means the citizen's constitutional rights are temporarily suspended while the authorities try the quash the violent protests against Canadian mining company Tahoe Resources. Speaking of the protesters the Guatemalan president said: "What has been done here is breaking the law and carrying out criminal acts of the highest level such as murders. This is what led us to the decision to implement (these measures) it's not about protecting, the mining activities." The demonstrators fear the mine will contaminate their water supply. On Thursday the four towns were raided by police and the military who arrested 15 people o...
Dr. Lyuba Zarsky, a Senior Research Fellow for the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, is the co-author of a study on the Marlin Mine, owned and operated by Vancouver-based Goldcorp Inc. in the western highlands of Guatemala. MiningWatch accompanied Dr. Zarsky during her visit to Ottawa in October 2011. Hear about the ethical issues faced in determining an appropriate study methodology, the challenges involved in knowing what is true/not true, and why the study concludes that this mine operation should be suspended.
From Rights Action (http://www.rightsaction.org/video/elestor/): On January 8th and 9th 2007, hundreds of police and soldiers in Guatemala forcibly evicted the inhabitants of several communities who were living on lands that a Guatemalan military government had granted to Canadian mining company INCO in 1965. Local indigenous people claim the land to be theirs, and resent the exploitation of a foreign corporation. Canada's Skye Resources now lays claim to the land, and paid workers a nominal sum to destroy people's homes. With the force of the army and police, company workers took chainsaws and torches to people's homes, while women and children stood by. Skye Resources claims that they maintained "a peaceful atmosphere during this action."
A resistance movement known as “La Puya” has been protesting the construction of a gold mine in Guatemala. The community group believes the mine, called El Tambor, poses a risk to their environment and a health threat to local residents. They also say the building of the mine defies a court order and is illegal. El Tambor is owned by U.S. mining company Kappes Cassidy and Associates and its Guatemala Subsidiary, Exmingua. The mine company claims it is investing in the regions’ future. “La Puya” contends it is degrading the land. La Puya has been holding demonstrations at the entrance to the mine for years now. In some cases the protests have ignited clashes that have become violent. Correspondent Grace Gonzalez travels to Guatemala to speak to the members of “La Puya.” She tells us if th...
Aura Lolita Chavez of the Council of the K'iches peoples and Francisco Rocael Mateo Morales from the Huehuetenango Parliament denounce the economic and environmental pillage being caused by the Marlin gold mine. To the detriment of the indigenous peoples whose cosmic vision is in jeopardy.
Maria Cuc Choc, a Mayan Q'eqchi' community leader from El Estor in eastern Guatemala, visited Canada to speak about injustices Indigenous communities have experienced related to Canadian mining operations. She eloquently expresses outrage at the burning of Indigenous villages and the rape of a group of women by company guards and police during a forceful eviction, and describes her great sadness about the assassination of her brother-in-law and community leader, Adolfo Ich Chamán, and related violence that led to a young man from her village becoming permanently disabled. For more background on the events Maria describes and the three civil lawsuits in Ontario courts related to the above atrocities, go to: http://www.chocversushudbay.com/history-of-the-mine
Like many other land protectors in Latin America, Rodrigo Tot and his community have paid a price in their efforts to defend the lands of the Q'eqchi people. Five centuries after resisting Spanish colonizers, they continue to resist the Guatamalan government and multinationals which want to invade their ancestral lands. https://videosenglish.telesurtv.net/video/656491/indigenous-anti-mining-activist-in-guatemala-wins-award/
The community of La Puya, in Guatemala, rejects the operations of a mine known as "El Tambor." Local residents have created a permanent resistance camp on the side of the road blocking access to the mine for over 18 months. One of the leaders of the resistance was nearly killed after receiving a gunshot to the chest. Locals have continued to organize in order to maintain peaceful resistance to impede the gold mining company's operations. teleSUR http://multimedia.telesurtv.net/web/telesur/#!en/video/guatemala-comunidad-la-puya-ejemplo-de-organizacion-y-resistencia