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Sat Mar 28, 2020, 05:22 AM

Guatemalan Water Protectors Persist, Despite Mining Company Threats


This month a peaceful resistance movement marks eight years of struggle against a gold mining project that threatens scarce water supplies.

MARCH 26, 2020
by Jen Moore

The hard work of protecting water and land from the long-term harms associated with gold and silver mining takes place daily on the frontlines of tenacious struggles throughout Latin America and around the world.

Indigenous people and affected communities face many reprisals for their resistance, including a mounting number of arbitration suits against their governments from mining companies suing over projects that people have managed to halt through direct action and in the courts.

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Day after day, since March 2012, community members have rotated in shifts to keep 24-hour watch over the access gate to the “El Tambor” gold mining project. Catholic masses, community meetings and cultural activities have punctuated this nearly decade-long vigil along a stretch of dusty road adorned with banners declaring resistance to mining.

Local residents living in the “dry corridor,” as this area is known, are concerned that gold mining would aggravate water shortages and contaminate water supplies with arsenic and heavy metals, putting people, plants, and animals at risk.

More:
https://inequality.org/research/guatemalan-water-protectors/

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