[From the article:]
Anti-mine activist’s death tied to local divisions over project
A gold and silver mine in Mexico owned by the Vancouver-based company Fortuna Silver — and the death of a prominent activist opposed to the operation — were the focus of a three-day international observation mission this past week.
Observers travelled to San José del Progreso in Oaxaca province, where the company began production in September 2011, to investigate the violence that many say appears related to opposition to the mine and its impact on the local water supply.
The mission, led by the Council of Canadians and Blue Planet Project, met with community members for and against the controversial Fortuna Silver mine, as well as representatives from the Canadian company’s local subsidiary, Minera Cuzcatlán.
Two anti-mine activists from the town were killed by gunfire earlier this year and three others injured. Those killed included the outspoken leader of the opposition campaign, Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez.
Residents say the mine has polarized the community. There are reports Vásquez had received death threats in the weeks before he was gunned down in his car last March. Read the full article.