On the night of April 14, gunmen fired three shots into the home of Patricia Gregorio Carranza and Manuel Arriaga Garzo in southern Guatemala.

The attack followed the January attempt on the life of community leader Julio González as well as renewed threats against attorney Quelvin Jiménez and others leading the fight for the rights of the Indigenous Xinka people. Luckily Carranza and Garzo escaped unhurt. It’s assumed they were targeted by mine supporters due to their participation as Xinka representatives in the court-ordered consultation over the future of Vancouver-based Pan American Silver’s disputed Escobal silver mine, which has been suspended since June 2017.

Read the full article at Earth Island Journal.

Jen Moore is an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies. Ellen Moore is international mining campaign manager with Earthworks.

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