James A Rodriguez

Chichipate, El Estor, Izabal, Guatemala

Youth from Barrio La Revolucion, a community in resistance against the Guatemalan Nickel Company (CGN), occupy an area known as La Cantera (the Quarry) which is claimed by CGN. Established in 1965 as the EXMIBAL mine, owned by Canadian mining firm INCO, the project was transferred to CGN in 2005 after the expiration of the original 40-year license. CGN was the local subsidiary of Canadian Skye Resources, a junior mining company comprised of former INCO directors, until Canadian HudBay Minerals acquired Skye in 2008. The project was then sold to Russian-based Solway Group in 2011. Since 2005, CGN has had numerous land conflicts with local Q'eqchi' Mayan communities. Barrio La Revolucion, established in September 2006 as a resistance to the mining project, was violently evicted three times between November 2006 and February 2007. The community claims ancestral rights to the land over the foreign-owned mining company.

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James A Rodriguez
Chichipate, El Estor, Izabal
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