Last month a baby died in Guatemala near the Marlin Mine. The baby died because of the actions of protestors come to disrupt mining operation.
Here is all I can find on this heinous act:
Montana Exploradora understands that on February 28, the protestors prohibited a family with a seriously ill baby to pass the roadblock for medical assistance. The company understands that the baby died. It appears that Aniseto López, of FREDEMI, has paid Q4,000 ($USD500) to the family due to the death.
Here is background to this death:
On Monday, February 28, 2010, a group of approximately 200 individuals reportedly led by Aniseto López of FREDEMI, ADISMI, and other opponents of the Marlin Mine blocked three public roads that provide access to the communities of Siete Platos and San Antonio as well as the Marlin Mine. The protestors, who were not members of the local communities, indicated that their purpose was to protest the Government of Guatemala’s failure to suspend operations of the Marlin Mine.
In addition to the death of an innocent child, an innocent woman was beaten by the protestors. Here is part of the story:
A group of protesters took by force a bus operated by a contractor that is used by the Marlin Mine and threatened the driver that if he did not take them to San José Ixcaniche they would burn the bus. When the bus arrived at San José Ixcaniche, the bus was stopped by the local community leaders. Upon exiting the bus, one of the protesters hit a woman and a physical confrontation ensued. The injured woman was treated at the Marlin Mine clinic.
I have been in that clinic and can attest to the skills of the local women who nurse there.
Luckily, local community leaders were able to get control of the situation. In the end they made the two foreign protestors admit their guilt, sign an admission, and get out of the town. Here is how it is otherwise described:
The local community leaders were able to control the situation and forced the protesters to leave the community. The local community leaders detained Aniseto López until he signed a document (an acta) in which he committed not to enter the community in the future and also to not cause further conflict in the area. Once the acta was signed, Sr. López was released.
A translation of the hand-written document signed to resolve this protest includes these statements:
- They [the community leaders] also explained that fighting for the rights of some people violates the rights of the rest.
- They expressed that blockages of the roads do harm as a child in the community of San Jose Ixcaniche died for not having access to a hospital.
- The anti-mining group……also indicated that they will pay for the costs of a wounded woman who is named Dona Odilia Esperanze Hernandez Perez.
We believe in the right to protest. But we cannot subscribe to violent protest that results in injury to women and the death of sick children. That is anarchy.
We believe the mine acted properly in this protest. We commend the local leaders for the way in which they acted. We sympathize with the wounded women and the family of the dead child.
But we are left wondering who is behind the protest. Who funded and who paid two thugs to come to a peaceful community, high-jack a bus, beat a woman, and seek to sow mayhem and murder? Surely these were not two lone Guatemalan youths. Surely they were put up to this by others with more nefarious purposes and aims in mind? Will thye ever come forward?