Conflict with Excellon Resources Continues
LA PLATOSA, DURANGO, MEXICO, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - On Sept. 25,
protesters blocked access to the Excellon Resources Inc.'s La Platosa
mine for several hours. The protesters have maintained their camp at
the entrance of the mine since July 8. They continue to demand a
resolution to the conflicts between Excellon, local landowners, and
workers in the mine.
"We are exercising our right to protest. Our blockade occurred on
private property that does not belong to Excellon. We are authorized by
the property owners to maintain the camp where it is," said David
Espinoza, President of the Board of Directors of the Ejido La Sierrita.
"We blocked access of vehicles to the mine, but allowed personnel to
pass through on foot."
"With this blockade, we show the world that Excellon has not removed the
over 80 people who continue to live in the protest camp. We also show
that the labour and land conflicts caused by Excellon continue and that
Excellon has not fully restarted production in the mine," said Jorge
Mora, General Secretary of Local 309 of the National Mining Union.
Along with the landowners, the union is protesting the years of efforts
by Excellon to keep workers from forming a democratic union in the
Tuesday's protest ended after several residents from Bermejillo arrived
to provoke the protesters. The Bermejillo residents were accompanied by
Excellon Vice-President Brendan Cahill and Chief Operating Officer
On Sept. 4, landowners filed a lawsuit to rescind their land use
contract with the company regarding the La Platosa mine.
The lawsuit, filed by members of the Ejido La Sierrita, demands the
return of 27 hectares sold to the company as part of the land use
agreement. The 27 hectares are subject to rescission based on
Excellon's failure to comply with the contract. Excellon requires this
land for entry to the mine, such that rescission will affect the entire
mining operation. The suit also seeks return of 1,100 hectares leased
to the company in 2008.
After two months of stopped production, Excellon partially restarted
operations in the La Platosa mine on Aug. 29 when 100 Mexican soldiers
and police used force and intimidation to break the Ejido's blockade of
the mine. The protest began in early July after repeated attempts at
talks with the company failed. The protest continues despite the
presence of armed security guards at the entrance of the mine.
The Ejido and the non-governmental organization ProDESC, which advises
the Ejido, recently released a fact sheet regarding the conflict. It
can be viewed at http://www.prodesc.org.mx/en/?p=259.
SOURCE: Project on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ProDESC)
For further information:
Alejandra Ancheita, ProDESC (Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales), Tel. +52-55-5212-2230, +52-55-3334-6045, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales, A.C. trabaja sobre la defensa, investigación y capacitación en derechos humanos a nivel local.