Guatemala Environmentalists Win Case Against Canada Mining Firm

By Telesur | January 27 2017
The area near the El Escobal silver mine in southeast Guatemala has been a scene of conflict since Tahoe Resources was granted a mining license.

Seven Guatemalan men won an appeal Thursday against Tahoe Resources Inc in a Canadian court, which ruled that their lawsuit accused the miner’s private security guards to have shot them can proceed in British Columbia.

“There is some measurable risk that the appellants will encounter difficulty in receiving a fair trial against a powerful international company whose mining interests in Guatemala align with the political interests of the Guatemalan state,” ruled the court.

In June 2014, the seven Guatemalan men accused the company of being responsible for a violent attack in April 2013 when private security opened fire on peaceful protesters outside the controversial Escobal silver mine in southeastern Guatemala. Video footage revealed the demonstrators were shot at close range while fleeing.

The win comes after the Supreme Court in British Columbia refused to hear the case in November 2015, saying that it fell under Guatemalan jurisdiction.

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