On July 10, 2011 the RCMP raided the Calgary office of Blackfire Exploration alleging that the company paid the local mayor of Chiapas, Mexico Julio César Velazquez Calderon about $19,300 (CDN) ”to keep the peace and prevent local members of the community from taking up arms against the mine.” This mine has been in the news since the November 2009 murder of anti-mining activist Mariano Abarca. Jamie Kneed, from Mining Watch Canada said,
It’s encouraging that Blackfire’s operations are being investigated under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act. It’s really the only law that holds Canadian companies accountable for their activities outside the country. We hope that it will bring about some justice in this case.
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