Interview: Journalist finds shocking degradation and human rights abuses in Canada's mining industry
When award-winning journalist and filmmaker John Dougherty discovered that a copper mine was planned right in the middle of a sensitive biodiverse ecosystem in southeast Arizona, he wanted to know who owned the project and what their track record was like.
His research led him to Flin Flon Manitoba and a Toronto-based company called Hudbay Minerals. What Dougherty discovered was a shocking record of environmental degradation and human rights abuses. The following is an edited excerpt from rabble.ca’s recent conversation with him.
What really got you interested in creating this film?
Angelica Choc confronted Hudbay Minerals at their shareholder meeting this morning as supporters of the Mining Injustice Solidarity Network rallied below.
She's part of an 11-plaintiff suit against the corporation for alleged brutal attacks against Guatemala's Indigenous Q'eqchi' population in El Estor.
Choc says that during a community protest over forced evictions on September 27, 2009, her husband and community leader, Adolfo Ich, was surrounded, beaten, hacked with machetes and then shot to death by Hudbay security personnel. She's looking for justice.