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Mexicans Risk Their Lives Fighting Canadian Mining
“They brutally repressed us. The mining company buys off people’s consciences, it divides the community, but we’ll keep fighting it. Some people have had to flee the community,” Rosalinda Dionisio, a Zapoteca indigenous woman in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca, told IPS, sobbing.
Her moving testimony illustrated the growing conflicts between local communities and mining companies in Mexico.
Dionisio, 30, still walks with a limp from the leg injuries she sustained when she and other activists from the Coordinadora de Pueblos Unidos del Valle de Ocotlán anti-mining organisation survived an attempt on their lives in March 2012.
Image: Anti-mining activist Bernardo Vásquez Sánchez was ambushed and shot twice in the chest on March 15, 2012, in Santa Lucia Ocotlán, Oaxaca, by suspected paramilitaries linked to the Canadian-owned Fortuna Silver Mine in San José del Progreso.