Communities to mining executives: We are here to stay
On August 14, communities impacted by Tahoe Resources’ Escobal mine hand-delivered a message of resistance to company executives in their Guatemala City office. In a letter signed by the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa, and Jutiapa and the Xinca People’s Parliament, community members reiterated their demand for the total and permanent closure of the mine, explaining that the peaceful protest they have maintained since June 2017 will not stop until their demands are met. The protest camp successfully stopped all mining operations for over a month before a legal injunction suspended the mine's operating license last year. The message from impacted communities was clear: "We have already held our own processes of consultation in which the vast majority of people in the affected area have said no to mining...We will not change our minds."
Immediately following the action, Tahoe's Guatemalan subsidiary released a statement spinning the visit as dialogue, thanking community members for their visit and claiming the company is open to "actively listening to any concern that leaders have regarding their continued operations." While communities were clear that their visit was for the purpose of issuing demands and not for seeking dialogue, Tahoe's subsidiary further stated that they are focused on building bridges in order to continue to work in peace.
Take action today to amplify community demands for permanent closure by writing to the new CEO and Executive Chair of Tahoe Resources today.