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In response to a query from La politica, Ira M. Gostin, Vice President Investor Relations for the Canadian silver mining company Tahoe Resources Inc., as well as CEO Kevin McArthur, have rejected any suggestion that the company or its subsidiary, Minera San Rafael (MSR), were involved in the murder earlier this week of the indigenous activist Exaltación Marcos Ucelo.
“Tahoe Resources along with its Guatemala operating company Minera San Rafael (MSR) emphatically reject and condemn criminal activities in our surrounding communities and in Guatemala at-large,” Mr. Gostin told La politica in an email.
“Tahoe and MSR are responsibly developing the Escobal project, and recent false accusations that the companies may have been involved in threats or violent actions are unfortunate. A recent kidnapping event occurred in a locale 15 km by road from our project site, in Jalapa state, with one fatality reported in the press.”
La politica is unaware of any news outlets, organizations, or individuals who have made accusations of a direct link between Tahoe Resources and/or MSR and the murder. However, La politica did ask Tahoe Resources if it was concerned about possible legal liability, and whether the company believed that the murder may have been related to its Escobal project.
At the time of his murder, Marcos Ucelo was returning home along with three colleagues after observing a community consultation process with regard to the development of the mine in the town of El Volcancito, near the proposed site and the larger town of San Rafael Las Flores.
According to umbrella NGO Congcoop, 99.2% of the community rejected the proposed mine during that consultation. The community consultation, regulated by the Guatemalan Municipal Code, is the third in a series of 26 planned in the area. However, the mayor of the larger community of San Rafael Las Flores has so far rejected the possibility of a referendum at the municipal level…. Read the full article here.