Crisanta Perez, a Maya Mam villager from the community of Agel, in San Miguel Ixtahuacan, Guatemala, was arrested by police for an outstanding arrest warrant that was laid against her in 2008, reports the maritimes-guatemala Breaking the Silence Network (BTS).
Crisanta had been in hiding for the past several months, due to several threats on her life. She returned to her home in Agel just a few weeks ago, to give birth.
UPDATE: Rights Action confirms that Crisanta was arrested on Monday, February 1, 2010. However, not long after the arrest, she was liberated by members of the local communities… Rights Action explains
On Monday, February 1, 2010, Gregoria Crisanta was taken by police and presented before the justice of the peace in San Miguel Ixtahuacan. To then “formalize” their detention of her, based on previous “capture orders” issued after activities in protest against harms and violations linked the mine, the police needed to present her before legal authorities in the city of San Marcos.
As the police were taking her to San Marcos, the road was blocked and Gregoria Crisanta was liberated by local populations. There was no violence.
Thankfully this ordeal has ended positively. However, the charges still stand against Crisanta Perez and at least 13 other Mayan Mams.
Please see below for what you can do to help…
A community leader, Crisanta Perez is one of the “Goldcorp 8”, a group of Eight Mayan Women who were charged in 2008 for standing up to the Canadian mining company Goldcorp.
On June 10, 2008, Crisanta “provoked a short circuit on the electric lines which hang above her home”, explains Jaimie Rodriguez in one of several photo essays about Goldcorp’s now-infamous Marlin gold mine, which sits adjacent to Agel and two other Maya communities.
Crisanta’s action caused a power failure at the mine, which temporarily interrupted its operation.
According to Crisanta, the company never asked for her permission to set up the power lines. “They simply put them there,” she says.
Soon after she cut the power, ultimately a response to Goldcorp’s continued refusal to act responsibly, about 150 Mayas gathered in support of Crisanta and declared themselves in a “permanent state of alert.”
A few days later, “representatives from the mine arrived along with 35 national police officers and private security guards from the company. As the gathered women did not allow engineers to enter the property, the security forces began to violently threaten the women and children with tear gas. The local women continued their resistance and created a human chain that the police was not able to break,” Rodriguez explains.
The company’s response was predictable: they filed criminal charges against Crisanta and seven other defenders: 8 Maya Woman, in total.
Crisanta had even more charges laid against her in 2009, after Goldcorp failed to honor its word.
In June 2009, the company started an exploratory drilling operation in the community of Saqmuj, without the community’s informed consent.
After observing the operation, and seeing milky-white coloured water being transported in a tube, the community became deeply concerned about their own water being contaminated. It wasn’t long before they decided that Goldcorp had to pick up and leave.
Then, on June 11th, a company official agreed in writing to remove the equipment the very next day.
Unfortunately—-and, of course, predictably—-as they day came and went, no one from the company showed up. Around noon, the equipment was set on fire.
Goldcorp’s response was to charge Crisanta Perez and four others.
- “We Are All Crisantas”: Popular rejection of the “Goldcorp 5” trial
- Someone Else’s Treasure – Guatemala
- Damaged Houses Near the Marlin Mine
- Alarming levels of arsenic found in rivers near Goldcorp mine
- Chronicle of an announced conflict: Of San Marcos, Electric Energy and 90 thousand complaints
What You Can Do
All charges against the “Goldcorp 5? and the “Goldcorp 8″ will most likely be thrown out by the courts, much like the frivolous charges that Goldcorp laid against the “Goldcorp 7” in 2007.
But even so, Goldcorp and their supporters must be compelled to do the right thing. Please write to them, and urge them to:
- Drop all “charges” pending against Gregoria Crisanta Perez and at least 13 other impoverished campesino Mayan Mam people of San Miguel Ixtahuacan who have “criminal charges” pending against them.
Also, write to the following politicians to:
- Immediately suspend Goldcorp’s mining licence and to carry out in Guatemala and Canada impartial, public hearings investigating the long list of allegations of environmental and health harms and human rights violations linked to Goldcorp’s “Marlin Mine” project.
- That, based on the public hearings, Goldcorp provide complete compensation and reparations to families and communities that have suffered environmental and health harms and human rights violations.
Chuck Jeannes, President & CEO
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Main: (604) 696-3000
Kim Keras, executive assistant,
Tim Miller, Goldcorp – Central America
Dina Aloi, Goldcorp – VP Corporate Social Responsibility
David Deisley, Goldcorp – legal counsel
Jeff Wilhoit, Goldcorp – investor relations
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