For weeks, a Canadian mining company has faced controversy over its operation of a Barite mine near the town of Chicomuselo in the Mexican province of Chiapas. Locals have been protesting the mine’s activity, and, last month, a demonstrator was killed.
Rick Arnold is the man who obtained documents that have emerged that detail the financial link between Blackfire and the mayor of Chicomuselo. He is an anti-free trade activist in Canada who has links to REMA, a network of people affected by mining in the Chiapas region. The director of REMA, Mariano Abarca Roblero, was the demonstrator assassinated last month in front of his home.
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Claudia Campero, an environmental activist with the Coalition of Mexican Organizations for the Right to Water , and Murray Klippenstein, a Toronto lawyer who represents three villagers from the valley of Intag in Ecuador who are suing Copper Mesa Mining Corporation and the Toronto Stock Exchanges, spoke about the conflictual relations between Canadian mining companies and local communities.