"OTRA VEZ LA MINA" (Once Again, Mining)
(Made by Jose Cubur, Comunicador social with CUC, www.cuc.org.gt, C: 5837-0114)
"Once Again, Mining" is a 7 minute film, shot during and after the May 8, 2012, attempt, by the gold and silver mining company EXMINGUA (owned by Radius Gold Inc. of Canada) to enter with a convoy of some 25-30 mining company trucks full of equipment, accompanied by some 25-30 trucks of heavily armed National Police, at 1:00am, in the morning, so as to avoid the peacefully protesting villagers of the two affected municipalities - San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayumpac -, who were never consulted about this mining business and who never gave legal permission for a mine to operate in their lands.
In the film:
- one sees armed civilians patrolling on community lands. Apparently, they are former military, now hired by EXMINGUA (Radius Gold), and have no insignias identifying who they are;
- one sees the convoy of company and police trucks, winding through a village, at 1:00am in the morning;
- one hears from villagers that they were not presented with any legal order, by the National Police, explaining why they were accompanying the mining company convoy, and that they had any permission to pass through community lands at 1:00 in the morning;
- one sees the Vice-mayor of San Jose del Golfo talking with villagers, explaining that in the Mayor's office they have found no documentation of any agreement between the previous mayor and the EXMINGUA (Radius Gold) company;
And, one learns that the General Manager of Radius Gold's subsidiary in Guatemala (EXMINGUA) is Selwyn Morales, who was director of the Ministry of Mines and Energy in 2010 when EXMINGUA received its mining concession in 2010.