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.
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.