Indigenous Protesters Blockading Mine Owned by Goldcorp Assaulted, Taken Hostage in Guatemala

Nearly 50 indigenous men and women were attacked and taken hostage by a group of individuals who claimed to have “strong ties” to Goldcorp’s Marlin Gold mine in San Marcos, Guatemala.

From intercontinentalcry.org (Published by Sam Miguel Ixtahuacan Defense Front):

FIRST: Today, on February 28, 2011, communities took action to pressure the government of Guatemala to carry out the Precautionary Measures MC-260-07 granted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which include the temporary suspension of the Marlin mine. The action consisted in peacefully blocking the main routes used by the company* in a way that respects the Constitution of our country, in which we have the right to protest.

SECOND: When the blockade began, a group of approximately 20 people assaulted Miguel Bamaca, despite the fact that the Presidential Human Rights Commission has granted him protective measures. Miguel Bamaca was beaten mercilessly by a family known as the Mejia family, together with neighbours who work for the company.

 

Gautemala

Read full article here.

Read Goldcorp’s reaction (March 1st)

Read Amnesty International Report

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