San José del Golfo
For Dan Kappes, CEO of the US mining firm at the center of a struggle over a gold mine in Guatemala, the peaceful resistance group La Puya is "obnoxious" and "manipulated" by outsiders. La Puya has fought against the mine since 2012.
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.