2014-05. Violent Eviction of the La Puya Peaceful Mining Resistance.

May 24th, 2014

La Puya, San Pedro Ayampuc and San José del Golfo, Guatemala, Guatemala.
May 23, 2014.

 

After two years and two months of peacefully blocking the entrance to U.S.-based Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA) El Tambor gold mine, local residents of San Jose del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc were violently evicted by Guatemalan Police forces in order to introduce heavy machinery inside the industrial site. Led by the local women, members of the La Puya resistance prayed and sang until they were faced with tear gas. Numerous locals were injured and detained.

Local leader Yolanda Oquelí, who suffered an assassination attempt on June 2012 due to her involvement, warns the Guatemalan government will be held responsible for any blood spilled.

 

Local women pray and read the bible as they attempt to dissuade the Police officers to retreat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the eviction order began, at 13:45 local time, locals from the resistance set up near the entrance to the gold mine.

 

 

Yolanda Oqueli breaks down as she sings and prays while the riot police approaches. She is holding a bottle with vinegar to help reduce the symptoms of tear gas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Police were successful in forcibly introducing the company’s machinery into the mine site. Nevertheless, locals claim they will continue what they deem a just and fair resistance in defense of life itself.

 

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7 Responses to “2014-05. Violent Eviction of the La Puya Peaceful Mining Resistance.”

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