La mayor mina de níquel de América Central reinició sus operaciones con violentos enfrentamientos entre indígenas y fuerzas de seguridad, disputas por la propiedad de la tierra, y demandas judiciales por asaltos sexuales grupales y asesinato. Inaugurada recientemente por el presidente de Guatemala, Otto Pérez, quien la llamó la mayor inversión en la historia del país, la mina Fénix ha estado cerrada durante treinta años.
DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR PENSION FUND IS EARNING MONEY? Another civil lawsuit in Canada, against another mining company that the CPP (Canada Pension Plan) - and many other pension funds and private funds - invests in, for more repression in Guatemala
On May 14, the people of San Pedro Ayampuc and San Pedro del Golfo received our UNBC / Rights Action group at the "La Puya" community resistance site. They fed us lunch, and told us of 2 years of peaceful resistance to the illegal and repressive mining interests of the American company Kappes, Cassidy Associates (KCA), formerly owned by Canadian Radius Gold.
From May 12-25, Professor Catherine Nolin (University Northern British Colombia, Geography Department) and Grahame Russell (Rights Action) are leading an educational, solidarity-building road trip in Guatemala, visiting communities that have suffered State repression (including genocide) in the past, that are suffering on-going repression today while resisting violent displacement and environmental harms caused by global mining companies, hydro-electric dam projects, African palm and sugar cane production, coffee for export, maquiladora sweat-shops.
March 31, 2014 is the second anniversary of the violent death of Nahomy, Ángel and Juan Carlos, biology students from the estudiantes Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG). They died violently on the property of CGN (Compania Guatemalteca de Niquel) in El Estor.