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  • colorado_guy1 colorado_guy1 Dec 6, 2012 8:40 PM Flag

    Mexican protest against miners including Fortuna

    I was digging to see if there was any news that might explain the recent weakness in Fortuna and ran across this 29 November news article written by Isaín Mandujano originally in Spanish but translated via Google Translator:

    Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. (Ap). - About two thousand peasants and Indians of the Sierra Madre de Chiapas marched in Frontera Comalapa to require state and federal governments to end authorization and cancel mining concessions that draw open in the state.
    Convened by the Mexican Network of People Affected by Mining (REMA) to "Unity Meeting in Chiapas against the extractive model Miner 2012", ended their event began with a march on the outskirts of town to get to the central square, where they made a rally to demand the clarification of the crime of Mariano Abarca Roblero, Chicomuselo killed in the November 27, 2009 for opposing the activities of the Canadian company Blackfire.
    They demanded the government of Chiapas and the federal government to cancel more than 120 mining concessions granted since 2000 to date.
    At the rally, protesters explained that in this way has delivered more than a million and a half hectares of forests, mountains, ejidos and communities to mining companies that extract barite, gold, silver, titanium, mercury, lead, uranium and gravel, and other minerals.
    After three days of information sessions, training and exchange of experiences, the various groups interested in the defense of their land and natural resources, were given the task of finding strategies to organize, create bonds of unity. At the end of these activities ended with a march of more than two thousand people in the county seat of Frontera Comalapa.
    With slogans "No to mining, yes to life!", "We want beans, corn want, mining out of our country!", "Chiapanecos in unity, will not allow mining" and "Mariano Lives!" , over two thousand farmers took the square and then remembered the third anniversary of the death of Mariano Abarca.
    The meeting and the march attended by hundreds of delegates from social organizations and farmers, churches, networks and movements, representatives of 20 municipalities in the state and activists also resistance movements against mining of Veracruz and Guerrero, the same way as foreign activists Guatemala, Colombia and observers from Canada, Sweden and Germany.
    That said mining companies have come to their territories and sown division, lies, corruption among mayors, ejido authorities and officials at all levels.
    "They have deforested, polluted waters and soils affected roads and population health. Three years ago Mariano Abarca was assassinated for his fight against the Canadian company Blackfire ravaging the region and violated the human rights of the population in Chicomuselo. Since then, the resistance continues and is strengthened by his presence that keeps alive the spirit of struggle for the defense of land and territory throughout Chiapas, "said Gustavo Castro, the Rema and Other Worlds.
    At the rally called for strengthening unity between movements and organizations against extractive mining model:
    "Mining is a problem that affects all peoples, partisan considerations, ideological, or religious organization.
    "We call also deliver prevention processes through meetings, consultations, workshops, training processes, mobilization, education, community agreements to prevent passage of mining companies.
    "We need to strengthen our ties and struggles against extractive mining model in this predatory capitalism. So we must demand the definitive cancellation of the mine's Revenge, and Santa Maria in Chicomuselo ejido and concessions throughout the Sierra and Soconusco region, "said another speaker.
    They also demanded justice for the murder of Mariano Abarca, Bety Cariño, Bernardo Vasquez, Bernardo Mendez, Ismael Solorio, Eustacio Manuela Solis and Vasquez, wrestlers and fighters against Canadian mining Fortuna Silver, Blackfire and MagSilver.
    Warned of the violence in the state where there is presence of large concessions and mining interests, as in the municipalities of Venustiano Carranza.

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