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Blood on the Maple Leaf - Recent Killings Linked to Canadian Nickel Mine in Guatemala

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Two Qeqchi leaders were shot and killed and over a dozen wounded this week near the site of a shuttered nickel mine in Guatemala. The first shooting took place on Sunday, September 27 on land claimed by the community of Las Nubes Continued:


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Rosemary Rannes (642)
Monday October 5, 2009, 1:38 pm
Source: The Dominion

Two Qeqchi leaders were shot and killed and over a dozen wounded this week near the site of a shuttered nickel mine in Guatemala.

The first shooting took place on Sunday, September 27 on land claimed by the community of Las Nubes, which Compañia Guatemalteca de Niquel (CGN), a subsidiary of Manitoba’s HudBay Minerals, also claims to own.

Early reports indicated CGN’s private security guards opened fire while attempting to remove families from their land. Adolfo Ichi Chamán, a teacher and community leader, was killed by gunshot, at least eight more wounded by bullets fired from an AK-47.

Prensa Libre, Guatemala’s leading newspaper, reported that during Chamán’s funeral service yesterday, thousands of people marched through the streets of El Estor, demanding that the company and the local police chief withdraw from the area within 24 hours.

HudBay released a lengthy statement yesterday claiming that there were no evictions, but instead that “protestors” went on a rampage, attacking government vehicles, a local police station (where they allegedly stole automatic weapons), destroying a hospital built by a coalition of US NGOs, and wounding five employees.

Hudbay goes on to make the absurd claim that the protesters proceeded to open fire on each other.

Liezel Hill of Mining Weekly went on to parrot the company’s version of events, as did the Canadian Press and Reuters.

One day after the murder of Chamán, men armed with machine guns opened fire on a mini-bus carrying Indigenous educators and leaders from the El Estor region to Cobán. One man, Martin Choc, was killed, and at least nine more wounded.

These killings are a flare up in a tense area, where the track record of Canadian mining companies includes forced displacement over multiple generations, co-operation with the army, and the burning of homes belonging to Indigenous people.

Shortly after a series of violent evictions that took place on nearby lands in 2007, Skye Resources (later acquired by Hudbay) representatives went on the record and lied through their teeth to defend their actions.

The English-language corporate media has repeatedly turned a blind eye to recent and past events unfolding in El Estor. This kind of reporting facilitates corporate lies and deceit, plain and simple.

Lies and deceit are just what HudBay needs, not only to avoid an international outcry over the recent killings, but also to spin a mining project that is not likely to produce any nickel at all.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Monday October 5, 2009, 8:37 pm
Thank you, for the explanation of the article. Get back to bed.

. (0)
Tuesday October 6, 2009, 11:21 am
Thannnxxx... sherbet this is a shocking state of affairs.. and some companies think that it is good business acumen to lie through their teeth.. eventually thought he truth will come out and they will have to answer for their crimes... If this is big business not to sure I would like to be there..

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday October 14, 2009, 1:33 am
This kind of human rights abuse is standard practice for multinational corporations that are based in firt world countries, when operating in Third World countries.

E.g. in mines and factories in Indonesia, mines in Papua New Guinea, mines in Honduras, factories and plantations in Colombia....

Simon Wood (207)
Wednesday October 14, 2009, 1:35 am
It's not only "a few bad apples", Chaz Gaily Berlusconi. If you learn enough about the world, you will discover that human rights abuse is standard practice for corporations.
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