Wednesday, May 4, 2022

On January 21st, 2021 the Atlantic Regional Solidarity Network endorsed a letter that was circulated by the Maritimes-Guatemala Breaking the Silence Network and others about the Saturday, January 16, 2021 attack on Mr. Julio David Gonz├ílez Arango, a member of the Peaceful Resistance of Santa Rosa, Jalapa and Jutiapa against the Escobal mine. 

The attack occurred in his home and was followed the next day by text messages of a threatening nature that were sent to Mr. Juan Eduardo Donis and Mr. Pablo Adolfo Valenzuela, also members of the Peaceful Resistance. 

Pan American Silver, which owns the Escobal mine, has been criticized for creating a climate of insecurity for earth defenders, including members of the Peaceful Resistance and the Xinka Parliament of Guatemala.