Midden in de Altiplano, vlak bij de stad Oruro, hebben twee goudmijnbroertjes al jaren de “goudoogst” van een volledig departement stevig in handen. Grote broer Kori Kollo ging onlangs in pensioen, maar kleine – of beter jongere - broer Kori Chaca schijnt vastbesloten te zijn om nog beter te doen dan zijn oudere broer, en startte een bijna rechtstreekse aanval op het centrum van de Stad Oruro.
Blogpost van David Verstockt, zuidmedewerker in Peru
De digitale inkt van de vorige post betreffende de criminalisering van het sociaal protest en de communicatiestrategie van Minas Conga was nog niet droog, toen we opnieuw de gevolgen van de opmerkelijke communicatiecampagne van het project mochten aanschouwen.
October 2010 is a month that will be long remembered in the highlands of Guatemala. In that month, 4 community consultations will take place on the issue of mining. That would be the 43rd, 44th, 45th and 46th community consultation at the municipal level in the highlands.
It is noteworthy that so far in all the consultations that have taken place, the population has unanimously spoken out against mining.
That the mining activities of the Marlin Mine in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, exploited by Montana Exploradora, subsidiary of Goldcorp, constitute violations of human and indigenous rights and of Guatemalan law has been a known fact from the onset. Now, the excellent legal researchers of the mining resistance movement in the west of Guatemala, brought to light that the act of buying of the lands of San Miguel constituted a mere crime to Guatemalan law. The person accused of this crime is no one less than the current president of the Supreme Court of Guatemala.
In San Miguel Ixtahuacán, in the last two weeks, we reported two armed attacks on two known people of the resistance against mining in that municipality. This is an apparent increase in the level of violence in a municipality that has been marked by social conflict as of the introduction of the Marlin mine of the company Montana exploradora, a subsidiary of Goldcorp, six years ago. These events are in contradiction with the supposed commitment of the government of Guatemala to "guarantee the life and physical integrity of the neighbors of the mine."
In the last two weeks, Peruvians have faced, once again, the weakness of its environmental institutions and the enormous risks that are constantly present in different parts of our territory. First, the oil spill in the Marañon river in the district of Urarina in Loreto, followed by the collapse of a tailings dam in the district of Huachocolpa in Huancavelica, which is causing terrible contamination of three rivers in the area on top of economic and health impacts for the communities.