Weekly News Roundup

May 10th – May 17th

  • Communities expel extractive companies.  On May 10, three communities in Quetzaltenango expelled four companies which extract pumice. Community members oppose the extraction of their natural resources and asked local authorities to help them repair the damage done by the companies.
  • Tensions between community members and hydroelectric company in Cantel.  On May 16, members of the community of Cantel in Quetzaltenango informed Congress that the hydroelectric company has not fulfilled an agreement signed in 2007 to “generate local development”. Community Mayor Jimmy Girón explained that the company´s operations have damaged the environment and have restrained urban development in their community.

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