74-day blockade and protest against Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam in Rio Blanco continues.
The Guatemalan government, headed by President and former General Otto Perez Molina, sent the military to ‘protect’ the “El Escobal” mine owned by Tahoe Resources (Canadian/ American company) and 40% owned by the Canadian mining giant Goldcorp Inc.
A comprehensive article, by Annie Bird, about the intersection between “development” projects funded by the World Bank, and repression carried out by U.S.-supported regimes - and directly by U.S. military involvement - in Guatemala and Honduras.
Tahoe Resources / Goldcorp Inc. is partnered with the Guatemalan military, headed by President Otto Perez Molina, who – as a former General in the Guatemalan Army – was recently named in the Genocide Trial as an intellectual author of some of the atrocities in the Mayan Ixil region of Guatemala. The Guatemalan regime – with huge military presence – has declared a State of Siege in a region where Tahoe and Goldcorp are violently trying to open another gold mine.
“Genocida, Genoicida, Genocida, …” corearon unas 2000 personas en el Teatro Nacional en la Ciudad de Guatemala, la noche del 18 de abril, encima del discurso del Ministro de Cultura y Deporte para inaugurar el festival de cine antes que empezara la película. Las personas habían venido al cuarto año del festival de cine Memoria, Verdad, Justicia (http://www.memoriaverdadjusticiagt.com/) para ver el estreno mundial de la película documental, “Fiebre del Oro.”