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Nickel for Your Life: Q’eqchi’ Communities Take On Mining Companies in Guatemala

On Sunday, September 27, a violent conflict broke out in El Estor, a municipality near Guatemala’s Pacific coast, between members of a Q’eqchi’ community called Las Nubes and private security guards of the Guatemala Nickel Company (CGN), a subsidiary of the Canadian mining company Hudbay Resources. Community members report that CGN’s security forces kidnapped and killed Adolfo Ich Xamán, a local teacher and community leader, and gravely injured eight others.

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