28 kilometers northeast from Guatemala City, community members of San José del Golfo and San Pedro Ayampuc, have blocked the entrance to the Tambor gold mine since March 2nd, 2012. The mining project, also known as Progreso 7 Derivada, belongs to Exploraciones Mineras de Guatemala, S.A. (EXMINGUA), local subsidiary of Canadian junior mining company Radius Gold Inc.
“The community members in resistance who have come together to form the so-called North Metropolitan Peoples in Resistance Front (FRENAM), base their principal demand on their constitutional right to a community consultation, or local plebiscite. The industrial mining project began exploratory operations earlier this year without any consent from the local population nor has the government of Guatemala, at any level, carried out a consultation.”
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