Guatemala: "San Rafael Mine State of Siege," photo-essay by James Rodriguez

Photo: James Rodriguez of

[Posted from Guatemala City]

As reported previously on Boing Boing, the Guatemalan government has declared a 30-day State of Siege in 4 communities surrounding the Canadian-owned San Rafael Mine (aka Escobal Mine), following anti-mining protests that turned violent. Guatemalan photojournalist James Rodriguez of has published a photo-essay on Facebook with images he shot today inside the emergency zone. I am republishing some of the images here, with permission, for those who do not have access to Facebook.


  1. What can we spect here, if our president is a murderer. He participated in civil war massacres. Is a genocide. 

  2. I, for one, am shocked that ‘soldiers in APCs suppressing the uppity locals’ is not mentioned on the blandly warm-and-fuzzy “Community” section of the corporate overlord’s website…

  3. Why am I reminded of Annie Leonard’s definition of “natural resources” in Story of Stuff: “Our stuff, that other people just happen to be living on top of.”

    Although given where this is happening, I should probably be remembering a certain Bruce Cockburn song instead. Because God help the Guatemalan people if those days are coming back.

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