Chronology of the conflict over mining in San Jose del Progreso (Rabble)

This November 28, 2012 article by Brent Patterson, provides a chronology of the mining-centred conflict in San José del Progreso.

[From the Article:]

The Observation Mission views the Fortuna Silver tailings dam near San Jose del Progreso, November 2012. Photo courtesy Rabble.ca

The Observation Mission views the Fortuna Silver tailings dam near San Jose del Progreso, November 2012. Photo courtesy Rabble.ca

The Blue Planet Project participated in a ‘Misión Civil de  Observación’ in San Jose del Progreso, Mexico last week. The group of  about 25 observers looked into the Canadian-owned Fortuna Silver mine  (operating through its Mexican subsidiary Compañía Minera Cuzcatlan)  near this community (ejido) of Indigenous Zapotec farmers near the city  of Oaxaca.

Pieced together from various articles and reports, the following is a chronology of the situation in San Jose del Progreso:

2006

– November – The federal government of Mexico grants Fortuna Silver/  Compañía Minera Cuzcatlan a concession of about 360 square kilometres of  land to mine.

2009

– March 14 – Local residents begin a blockade of the road going into  the mine concession, which lasted for more than a month. They demand  that the federal government cancel the concession granted to the  company.

– May – Oaxaca Governor Ulises Ruiz (PRI) orders state police to end  the blockade of the mine by force. Around 700 police are sent to end the  blockade, 23 people are arrested.

2010

– June – A local priest, Martín Octavio García Ortiz, who opposes the  mine, is kidnapped and beaten. He is forced to leave the town. Read the full article.

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