We have featured the struggles of San Rafael Las Flores against mining interests before both here
Here is an update from NISGUA which is troubling.
In recent weeks the municipality of San Rafael Las Flores has seen growing conflict around the installation of the Escobal silver mine, owned by the Canadian corporation Tahoe Resources. Local community organizers and allies from the Center for Legal, Environmental and Social Action (CALAS) denounced in August a wave of criminalization following their efforts to defend communities' right to consultation in the face of the project and last week, in an unclarified series of events, violence erupted when security forces moved to forcibly disperse a protest at the entrance to the mine site.
The operation, already in an advanced exploration stage, has come under serious public scrutiny on the grounds of grave deficiencies in its environmental impact assessment, detected by experts, previous instances of criminalization of local leaders, and failure to obtain the consent of the local population. The emerging situation in San Rafael adds to a growing climate of insecurity for those defending their right to self-determination.
You can read the article, including a timeline and condemnation from local organisations here