Violent Development: Communities Defending Lands and Resources Face Ongoing Repression in Guatemala

The members of the indigenous community in San Miguel Ixtahuacan, Gautemala, held peaceful protests again to pressure the government to comply with measures issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in May of 2010, and “particularly the temporary suspension of the Marlin Mine.”

From upsidedownworld.org:

“As the protest was disbanding, pro-mining community members from San Jose Ixcaniche, Siete Platos and Salitre assaulted the protesters, detaining some against their will until they agreed to sign confessions and pay those who were holding them,” states background information released as an addendum to a public letter signed by 21 non-governmental organizations from North America and Europe, addressed to both Goldcorp and Guatemala’s Presidential Human Rights Commission (COPREDEH).

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