Grahame Russell (Rights Action) and James Rodriguez (MiMundo.org) are in El Estor, Guatemala, in response to the September 17, 2016, shooting attack on home of Angelica Choc and, tomorrow, to commemorate – with Angelica, her family and other community members - the 7 anniversary of the mining-linked murder of Angelica’s husband Adolfo Ich and shooting-paralyzing of German Chub.
Please consider signing this statement – as an individual and/or organization – concerning recent attacks against Angélica Choc in Guatemala, Máxima Acuña in Peru, and other women struggling in defense of land, water and life, in the face of large-scale mining and hydroelectric projects in different parts of Latin America.
“Rather than continue to shore up a repressive government by paying for its thugs, the United States [and Canada] should suspend all police and military aid to Honduras immediately, including funds for training and equipment. And instead of promoting cosmetic reforms as cover for the security forces’ abuses, the [U.S. and Canadian governments] should address the demands of Hondurans for a truly independent, United Nations-backed commission on corruption and impunity.”
Statement by Klippensteins Barristers & Solicitors, September 19, 2016, Toronto, Canada
Poco después de la medianoche del día viernes, 16 de setiembre de 2016 (mañanita del 17), se produjo un atentado con disparos contra la vivienda de Angélica Choc, una dirigenta Maya-Q´eqchi´ defensora de los derechos humanos y de la comunidad de El Estor, departamento de Izabal, Guatemala.
Just after midnight, Friday September 16, 2016, shots were fired at the home of Angelica Choc, a Mayan Q’eqchi’ human rights leader and community defender in El Estor, department of Izabal, Guatemala, while she slept inside with her youngest son and an adopted daughter.
These most recent deaths (August 2016) are added to a growing list of deaths – due to repression, accidents and “mysterious” circumstances – at the “Fenix” nickel mining operation in Guatemala that was owned for over 40 years by Canadian mining companies, beginning with INCO and ending with Hudbay Minerals.
Rights Action has sent an initial $1,000 to OFRANEH to help the families of Santa Fe whose homes were burnt.
“Berta’s assassination woke up many numbed consciences. Berta sent us a very clear message: Wake Up Humanity. Berta did not die, she multiplied. It is incredible how this has exploded all over. We didn’t bury Berta, we planted her. She has begun to blossom everywhere.”
In May 2016, Grahame Russell and Dr. Catherine Nolin lead an emergency delegation to Guatemala to re-examine and update documentation on four major mining struggles throughout the country, all related to Canadian (and partially American) owned mining operations.