As you read this, the communities in resistance to mining in San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc are holding their ground at the roadblock they have maintained since March of this year as they are threatened by a large group of pro-mining provocateurs.
Please contact the US Embassy in Guatemala and the US mining company to demand that they ensure the safety of these brave men and women.
At around 10am on Tuesday the 13th of November, approximately 80 people from San Jose del Golfo and surrounding municipalities wearing hats and shirts from EXMINGUA, the subsidiary of the US company Kappes, Cassiday & Associates, tried to open access to the mine. They were unarmed, but many acted very threateningly towards those at the roadblock. Rumors circulated that the company offered money to near-by residents to participate.
As the day drew to a close, non-violent resistance won out, and the pro-mining group retreated.
However, each day since, the group has arrived again and threatened the communities in resistance. We’re extremely concerned for the safety of these non-violent protesters.