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.
"I want Canadians to know that the silver, and possibly the gold, that is being extracted from Guatemala is bloodstained," said human rights lawyer and activist, Rafael Maldonaldo.
There has been a lack of consultation between Guatemala's government and Tahoe Resources Inc. (a Canada-based mining company), and the local communities in the region.
Maggie Padlewska travelled there last month, to explore the allegations, and to document the voices of the communities impacted by Tahoe's Escobal Mine in San Rafael and surrounding areas.