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11 de diciembre de 2012 | Entrevistas | Agua | Gira Internacional de Solidaridad con comunidades afectadas por megaproyectos mineros en Centroamérica | Derechos humanos | Industrias extractivas | Luchadores sociales en riesgo
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In the early morning of Thursday 6 December the Guatemalan riot police repressed, beat up and kidnapped members of the community of San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc near Guatemala City, who have been on a vigil for ten months to block mining equipment of company EXMINGUA aimed at gold and silver extraction.
Even though there were no formal accusations against them, the police officers ordered the community members to leave the place or they would destroy the precarious housing buildings placed on the side of the road where every day they produce food for nearly 200 people while they take turns to protest.
Milton Carrera, one of the community members who was arrested at the place, told Real World Radio that the police operation was illegal. They had no chance to defend themselves and said they were incommunicado for six hours, which is equivalent to kidnapping in his opinion.
“This was all based on false accusations” said Milton. “They almost strangled me”. During the eviction, the police threw tear gas at the people, and they beat up elderly people and even children, said Milton. He added that “We are living under a repressive government, nothing is respected: there was no eviction warrant from a judge nor from President Otto Perez Molina or from the Minister of Interior”.
He also said that the Minister of Interior of Guatemala, Mauricio Lopez Bonilla issued a public threat of evicting the foreigners who are fighting against mining with the communities because of the lack of water in the area and the large demand for the resource by the extractive industry. “We need more human rights international observers to confront the military government”, said Milton.
A month ago an international delegation of environmental federation Friends of the Earth visited the resistance camp and expressed its solidarity and commitment to raise international awareness about their struggle and objectives.
Carrera said that last Sunday the community decided in an assembly to continue the protest to the last consequences: “the struggle continues, we will stay here and the people is willing to die for this cause. If (the government) wants to talk they should come to Puya. We shall not move, we will not take a step back”.
Photo: Marcha Indígena Campesina y Popular
La oposición a la minería debe entenderse como la lucha por los derechos que esa actividad no respeta, pues “cada derecho que se le otorga a una empresa, es un derecho que se le resta a una comunidad”, asegura el coordinador del Observatorio de Conflictos Mineros de América Latina (OCMAL), César Padilla.
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