Guatemalan indigenous anti-mining activist shot

(via Washington, D.C. solidarity activist Beth Geglia:)

URGENT: Community member and anti-mining activist Doña Teodora Antonia Hernández Cinto was shot in the head inside her home last night in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, Guatemala. Thankfully, she is alive and being treated in the National Hospital in San Marcos. Community leaders fear more retaliation after the Colom administration committed to suspending operations at Goldcorp’s Marlin mine on June 24, 2010. Please watch this video and stay tuned for an urgent action:

Video translation:

in San Miguel Ixtahuacán, San Marcos, Guatemala. 7 July 2010.

Teodora Antonia Hernández Cinto was the victim of an armed attack during the night of July 7, 2010, when she was in her house in the community of Nueva Esperanza, San Miguel Ixtahuacán.

Two men approached to ask for a cup of coffee and immediately fired.  Teodora Antonia was shot in the right eye.  She is in very critical condition.

Teodora Antonia is one of the women in resistance against mining in San Miguel Ixtahuacán [the Marlin mine owned by the Canadian multinational Goldcorp].  On several occasions she has made public her rejection of mining, as can be seen in this recent video.

Teodora Antonia: “Before we were happy, we lived in peace.  Since the company came, we have a lot more problems.  But we’re learning our rights, like what we are doing right now. Now all of our neighbors who are employees are against us.  Why?  Just because we are here learning our rights.  We don’t want the company here, it would be better if they just left, and then we wouldn’t have problems amongst ourselves.  We want things to be like they were before.”

We demand justice! …and an end to aggression against indigenous and mestizo communities which reject mining and defend our territorial rights.

Caracol Producciones, 2010

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Human rights and solidarity activist from Cascadia, North America, writing about issues of justice and security in Guatemala and Central America from a perspective of solidarity with human rights and social movements.
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