Update from La Puya: New Alert as More Machinery Arrives

* Translation of information from Prensa Comunitaria (Community Press):

New Aggression Against the Peaceful Resistance in La Puya

Heavy machinery and employees of the US mining company Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA) and the company EXMINGUA are trying to violently enter the lands of the “El Tambor” Mine in the municipality of San José del Golfo.

The alert was activated at 4:30 in the morning this Friday, May 23, when women, men and children who form part of the resistance movement at La Puya saw a group of industrial vehicles with machinery arrive.

The community members raised the alarm at the possibility that the government of Guatemala — through the Interior Ministry — might violently evict those present at the site, putting at risk the lives of women, men, and children of the communities of San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc.

On previous occasions, the Interior Ministry has sent hundreds of police officers and riot police from the National Civil Police to accompany and protect the mine company’s machinery, which has not been able to enter the mining project’s land over the last two years; on December 7, 2012, they tried to forcibly evict the people without an order from an appropriate judge.

[This week] the National Dialogue System irresponsibly evaded resuming negotiations with the men and women of the community.

The peaceful resistance “La Puya” calls for solidarity and political action from human rights and popular organizations, as well as the people, in the face of this new aggression against the rights of the communities defending their territories and right to life, and calls on the national and international media to come to La Puya and cover the situation.

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