World Popular Resistance Clippings 2/6/2013

Guatemala Mining Dispute

FILE – In this May 2, 2013 file photo, soldiers check passengers for weapons at a checkpoint in Mataquescuintla, Guatemala. The government declared a state of siege and banned public gatherings in four townships, including Mataquescuintla, following violent clashes between police and residents protesting a foreign-run mining project. Protesters fear the project, El Escobal, in San Rafael will drain or pollute the local water supply, and they’ve blocked roads and burned buildings to stop it from going forward. A common complaint is that locals feel they were not consulted about the project before its approval. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

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