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.