Guatemala: Gold Mine Plundering Sacred Resources
This is a Video Report by Aura Lolita Chavez of the Council of the K’iches peoples and Francisco Rocael Mateo Morales from the Huehuetenango Parliament who denounce the discrimination, feudal exploitation, poverty, isolation, forced labour…the indigenous peoples of Latin America caused by the Marlin gold mine. To the detriment of the indigenous peoples whose cosmic vision is in jeopardy.
From the report: On a good day, when the narrow road is not crowded with traffic, it takes nearly three-hours to cover the 50-kilometres from San Marcos to the Marlin gold and silver mine
at San Miguel Ixtahuacan. We are driving through the altiplano, or highlands, of western Guatemala, around 30-kilometres from the Mexican border and 350-kilometres northwest of the capital, Guatemala City.
The road is in relatively poor repair. Twisting and turning through spectacular mountain countryside, it is littered with the debris of fatal accidents. Terraced farms are carved into the hillsides. In their smallholdings subsistence farmers grow onions, corn, beans, carrots, cabbages and potatoes.
In roadside hamlets and on hills, cleared of pine and cypress trees, there are simple single-story houses made of mud adobe bricks, with tin roofs. Other houses of the same style
are made of wood, a few of concrete breeze blocks. The people here are Maya. This is their land and last refuge.
Alongside their Christianity, and despite centuries of oppression and genocide, they still hold sacred their most precious Mayan world view, a cosmovision called “Ut’z Kaslemal” in the K’iche language; which means living in perfect harmony with nature and the elements of air, water, energy and earth.
From the report The Alliance between the Indigenous Peoples and Trade Unions in Latin America.