The head of the anti-mining campaign in Guatemala, Teodora Antonia Hernández Cinto, suffered an assassination attempt in her house, located in Nueva Esparanza, San Miguel Ixtahuacán.
Teodora is a part of the fight against mining in the region, specifically against GoldCorp and the Marlin Mine.
On the night of Wednesday, 7th July, two men arrived at Teodora’s house and asked her for two cups of coffee, a common practice in the area.
When the woman was about to give the strangers their coffee they opened fire.
One of the bullets struck Teodora in her right eye. Currently, she is in critical condition.
The member of the Rural Commission of Peace and Ecology (COPAE) of San Marcos, Vinicio López, commented that there are no doubts at the moment of the link of the attack with the fight against the mining industry in this region.
In an interview with Radio Mundo Real, López maintained that “retribution thrives in Guatemala, especially with the environment and human rights.”
Likewise, he said that in this Central American country human rights under the law establish “categories of people” and the justice system “is never impartial.”
It is worth remembering that last May the Inter-American Commision of Human Rights (CIDH) called for the closing of the Marlin Mine.
Now the communities hope that the Government of Álvaro Cólom will act upon this recommendation, so that the closing will be official and won’t become a short-lived resolution.
Story courtesy of Agencia Pulsar, a news agency run by AMARC-ALC network of community radios