Guatemalans Speak out Against Canadian Mine’s Destruction of Community

The mining giant Goldcorp has been accused of human rights abuses, contaminating drinking water, threatening violence against protesters, and causing structural damage to homes because of the blasting carried out by the mine.

Sister Maudilia Lopez Cardona, The co-founder of FREDEMI Front for the Defence of San Miguel Ixtahuacan, has worked in the community for more than 20 years and has been an outspoken critic of the industry’s corruption and human rights abuses for more than a decade. 

She recently went to Canada to speak out against Canadian mining giant Goldcorp’s Marlin Mine, how it has impacted the lives of women, girls and families in her Mayan Indigenous community, next to the now shuttered mine. 

Since the mine closed in 2017, FREDEMI and other rights groups have demanded Goldcorp be held accountable. Goldcorp continues to deny any responsibility.

FREDEMI also holds the undemocratic governments to blame for the situation. Saying they have failed to protect the poor, rural and Indigenous communities hit hardest, while rich oligarchs in the cities have profited from foreign corporate exploitation.



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