Locals argue the industrial project will consume their already short supplies of water and believe there was no consultation process.
Since March 2012, local community members have peacefully blocked the entrance to US-based Kappes, Cassiday & Associates’ El Tambor gold mine in Guatemala. This weekend, police officers violently evicted the protesters.
The communities around San Jose del Golfo have engaged in a two-year long peaceful resistance to prevent the construction of a new mine.
In 2000, engineers from Radius Gold, a Vancouver-based mining company, discovered a belt of gold deep inside the Tambor mountains in southern Guatemala. Few locals were consulted before Radius moved in. Few of them knew anything was happening at all.