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ATACAN A OPOSITORES A NEW GOLD-MINERA SAN XAVIER

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Frente Amplio Opositor a minera San Xavier-New Gold
12 diciembre 2009
El viernes 11 de diciembre a las 14 horas, frente al salón ejidal ubicado en la cabecera municipal de Cerro de San Pedro, un grupo de aproximadamente 100 personas integrado mayoritariamente por empleados de New Gold-Minera san xavier, dirigidos por Narciso Alvarado Castillo ("líder" del “sindicato de minera San Xavier”) y por miembros de la familia Gutiérrez Márquez (principal grupo de choque de la MSX), atacaron con piedras y a golpes a miembros del núcleo ejidal Cerro de San Pedro y a activistas del Frente Amplio Opositor, quienes preparaban la visita de una comisión de diputados federales a la zona. 
>> ¡Envie un correo de protesta a las autoridades mexicanas y canadienses!
>> Send a letter to Mexican and Canadian authorities. Thank you for your solidarity.

 

Sirs,Los agresores quemaron mantas y diversos materiales informativos propiedad del núcleo ejidal. La señora Teodora de Mendoza, fue apedreada y lesionada. Minutos después llegaron al sitio miembros del Kolektivo azul quienes fueron también agredidos. El menor Ernesto García Hernández fue golpeado, lesionado y despojado de su cámara fotográfica al igual que James del Tedesco. Ivette Lacaba, del Kolektivoazul, fue golpeada y lesionada. Manuela Tristán, ejidataria, fue lesionada a pedradas. A su llegada los diputados también fueron agredidos a pedradas.

En el transcurso de la tarde varios de los lesionados se han presentado ante las autoridades para levantar las denuncias correspondientes.

El FAO responsabiliza de estos brotes de violencia a Jorge Mendizábal Acebo (director gerente de New Gold-MSX), a Narciso Alvarado (empleado de New Gold y asociado con la CTM), así como a la familia Gutiérrez Márquez, una de las principales beneficiarias de la corrupción y dádivas de MSX. Asimismo, responsabilizamos al presidente municipal de Cerro de San Pedro por no intervenir frente a estos actos de violencia promovidos por la empresa en contra de los opositores.

Se informa también que New Gold-MSX mantiene en su nómina a la mayoría de los agresores, y los ha puesto a disposición del ayuntamiento Cerro de San Pedro para que se sirva de ellos como empleados temporales. De esta manera, New Gold-MSX mantiene el control político, social y policiaco de la cabecera municipal, mientras sus abogados utilizan todo tipo de recursos y presiones para intentar revertir la clausura de la mina, incrementando con ello el clima de violencia. Esto incluye una campaña de spots en estaciones locales de radio basada en el chantaje y el miedo.

Quienes agredieron ayer a los miembros del FAO son afectados por la empresa, ya que los contrató a sabiendas de que el proyecto era ilegal, apostando al desgaste de los opositores y aumentando su control sobre los conflictos en la zona.

Reiteramos la solicitud a los afectados por el cierre y engaño de New Gold, para que realicen un embargo precautorio al equipo de la empresa, se organicen para obtener una indemnización, y sobre todo para que demanden ser contratados en los trabajos de remediación que supervisará PROFEPA.

 

Hacemos un llamado urgente a las organizaciones nacionales e internacionales de derechos humanos para que denuncien estos hechos ante el gobierno mexicano y ante las autoridades canadienses, incluida su gobernadora general Michelle Jean, quien debe dar muestras de congruencia respecto a las palabras que expresó en estos días en torno a la responsabilidad de las empresas canadienses en el extranjero.

Agradecemos su solidaridad


Urgent! Cerro de San Pedro, Mexico: members of anti-mining group assaulted by New Gold inc./minera San Xavier workers and supporters

Community members receive death threats as conflict deepens around Canadian-owned Mexican mine

Tensions are building in the Mexican village of Cerro de San Pedro, where a Canadian-owned gold and silver mine has been forced to close due to a Supreme Court decision that cancelled its environmental permit.

On Friday, December 11, 2009, residents of the Mexican village of Cerro de San Pedro and members of the anti-mine group Frente Amplio Opositor (FAO) were attacked by a group of mine supporters. The next day, Federal parliamentarians were stoned in their vehicles by mine employees as they attempted to visit the village. The Mendoza Pence family, who have spearheaded the village's anti-mine campaign for over a decade, are now receiving death threats.

The Cerro de San Pedro gold and silver mine made international headlines when it was closed following a Supreme Court decision on November 17th, 2009. The environmental permit for the open-pit mine, which used cyanide leaching pads, was revoked definitively by Mexican authorities in response to a legal case filed by project opponents. Operated by Minera San Xavier, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian multinational New Gold Inc., the mine has been subject to local, regional and national opposition since its inception.

The Cerro de San Pedro "ejidatarios" - or traditional landholders - and FAO members were preparing to host a delegation of parliamentarians on December 11th when they were approached by over 100 individuals, most of whom were identified as employees of the mine.

The group of mine supporters entered the "Salón Ejidal", or the ejido's common house, where preparations for hosting the parliamentarians were underway on Friday afternoon. Cerro de San Pedro resident Dolores Mendoza Poncé was apprehended and injured, and ejidataria Manuela Tristán was struck with stones. FAO members Ernest García, Ivette Lacaba and James Del Tedesco were all hit and injured, while both García and Del Tedesco were robbed of their cameras. Several of the people attacked were elderly.

Located less than 20 kilometers from the city of San Luis Potosí, the Cerro de San Pedro mine has been criticized for jeopardizing the health and safety of the area's 1.5 million residents. Environmental laws protect the arid, drought-prone mountains surrounding Cerro de San Pedro due to their importance to local water systems. The village itself was a considered historic tourist destination, and its 400-year old churches and colonial structures are cracking and crumbling due to the daily mine blasting.

Residents also allege that the mine has divided the small community, with mine workers and families receiving compensation packages pitted against residents that work to protect the village and ecosystem.

While most of the individuals who attacked the Salon Ejidal were identified as New Gold employees and pro-mine locals, witnesses allege that others were not from the area and had received payments from the corporation. The FAO states that the mine has kept its employees despite the shut-down in order to maintain political and social control. New Gold's lawyers are attempting to re-open the mine, although a first injunction was denied last week. The corporation has also bought local radio ads while developing what opponents have called a campaign of fear and intimidation.

This latest incident comes just after a visit of Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean to Mexico, where she spoke about the responsibility of Canadian mining corporations operating overseas. Canadian corporation Blackfire Explorations was forced to close its mine last week, after its present and former employees were arrested for the assassination of anti-mine organizer Mariano Abarca Roblero on November 27, 2009.

THE FAO IS MAKING AN URGENT CALL TO INDIVIDUALS, COLLECTIVES AND ORGANIZATIONS TO DENOUNCE THE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES IN CERRO DE SAN PEDRO

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