Welcome to Guatemala: gold mine protester beaten and burnt alive
From www.theguardian.com Tuesday 12 August 2014 15.13 BST
by David Hill
“They took him and poured gasoline all over him. Then they struck a match and lit him.”
Doña A – not her real name, for security reasons – was standing up, arms crossed, lightly leaning against a ladder, and speaking in her language, Maya Mam, while a friend, a relation by marriage, translated into Spanish. There were 20 or so Mams in the room – mostly women, some children, one elderly man – and we were in an adobe-brick house in the highlands of far western Guatemala, not far from the border with Mexico, and just around the corner from an open sky and underground gold- and silver-mine called Marlin.
The Mams had gathered there – at some personal risk – to speak about the mine and how it impacts them… read more>