The Council of Canadians is issuing a statement of solidarity as hundreds of
protestors gather in front of the Canadian embassy in Mexico City (1pm EST) to
express their outrage at the growing death toll of community activists opposing
Canadian mining in Mexico.
Most recently, in the state of Chihuahua, a married couple who have led the
struggle against the Cascabel mine owned by Canadian firm MAG Silver, Ismael
Solorio Urrutia, and Manuela Martha Solís Contreras were shot to death on
October 22, 2012.. Ismael and his son had previously been beaten by a group of mining
Both Ismael and Manuela were members of the small farmers association called El
Barzon which had been campaigning to protect scarce water resources in the
area. According to Amnesty International, just a week prior to the tragic death
of the two community activists, El Barzon was denied a visit with officials of
the State of Chihuahua to follow up on complaints issued about recent death
threats. MAG Silver is currently operating without the consent of the community
in violation of its legal obligations.
The Council of Canadians demands that the State of Chihuahua, the Mexican
federal government and the Canadian government take action immediately to
protect members of El Barzon and other opponents of the MAG Silver mine in
Chihuahua. Canadian and Mexican authorities must investigate the murders and
bring those responsible to justice. We also demand that MAG Silver cease to
operate illegally in the area.
Mexico-city based Blue Planet Project organizer Claudia Campero Arena will be at
the protest and available for comment.
What you can do?
1. Send appeals to Chihuahua State Interior Minister:
Lic. Raymundo Romero Maldonado
Palacio de Gobierno 1er Piso
Calle Aldama No. 901
Colonia Centro C.P. 31000
Chihuahua, Chih. Mexico
Fax: +52 614 4299 341
And the Mexican Minister of Interior:
Dr. Alejandro Poiré Romero
Secretaría de Gobernación
Bucareli 99, 1er. piso, Col. Juárez
México D.F., C.P.06600, México
Fax: +52 55 5093 3414
With copies to:
Local Organization Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres, CEDEHM
2. Contact the mining company to share your outrage and demand that it cease to
operate without community consent and take responsibility for the safety of
activists in Chihuahua:
The investor relations manager can be reached at:
Investor Relations Manager
3. Contact Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, John Baird at:
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