Silver Mine's Future Uncertain
MEXICO CITY, July 29, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ejido La Sierrita de Galeana, a
group of communal landowners in Tlahualilo, Durango, has again
communicated to Canadian mining company Excellon Resources Inc. that
its land is not for sale or for rent. The decision to re-affirm the
stance of the ejidatarios was taken by the General Assembly of the
Ejido La Sierrita on July 21.
In the most recent court hearings in the lawsuit for the rescission of
the land rental contract for the 1,100 hectares being leased to
Excellon, the company offered to purchase 10 hectares as a means to end
"In light of the Ejido's repeated articulations of its absolute
determination to recover its land and to sever all ties with Excellon,
it is clear that this offer is aimed at prolonging the legal
proceedings in an attempt to weaken the resolve of the ejidatarios,"
stated Alejandra Ancheita, Executive Director of the Proyecto de
Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (ProDESC).
The Ejido decided to end its relationship with Excellon after it became
clear the company had no intention of resolving this long-running
dispute in an equitable manner through dialogue. After repeated failed
attempts to resolve the conflict, the Ejido decided to begin a
permanent peaceful protest near the entrance to the mining site in July
2012. Armed members of the public security forces intimidated the
protesters on several occasions, before the protest was violently
broken up by armed thugs, who witnesses say were following the orders
of Robert Moore, Excellon's Director of Operations, in October 2012.
As a result of Excellon's refusal to abide by the land rental contract
and to repair damages that have been caused by its actions, as well as
the use of violence against peaceful protestors, the Ejido is resolute
in its decision to recuperate its lands as an act of dignity.
"It is hoped that Excellon will comply with its obligation to inform its
shareholders of this decision and the potential impact it could have on
the operation of the La Platosa mine," said Ancheita.
For further information:
Matthew McEvoy, Transnational Justice Section, ProDESC (Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales), Tel: (+52) 55 5212-2230, 5212-2229, email@example.com
La Sierrita de Galeana Letter in English
Carta de la La Sierrita de Galeana