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11/4/13

Don't worry, mining company supporters. The murders of LatAm anti-mining activists never have anything to do with the companies they're opposing. It's just coincidence

There's never any connection at all. Perish the thought.

On Saturday November 2nd (i.e. two days ago) César García, the president of the Community Action Group that opposes the presence of AngloGold Ashanti at its La Colosa gold project in Colombia, was shot in the head and killed while walking home by an unknown assassin. Of course, it goes without saying that there is not and will never be any connection whatsoever between his opposition to a multi-million dollar mining project and his death. It's just a coincidence, you see.

In September 2013, eleven people from a town close to the El Tambor mine project owned by Kappes Cassiday and Associates in Guatemala and reknowned for its staunch opposition to the mine project were killed in a bar shooting under strange and still unexplained circumstances. In June 2012 when owned in JV by KCA and Radius Gold, an opposition leader to the very same mine was shot and seriously wounded. Of course, it goes without saying that there is not and will never be any connection whatsoever between the opposition to a multi-million dollar mining project and the deaths. It's just a coincidence, you see.

In October 2012, Ismael Solorio Urrutia and his wife Manuela Martha Solis Contreras, key members of the El Barzón group that opposed the presence of MAG Silver at its Cinco de Mayo project in Chihuahua state, Mexico, were murdered by unknown assailants. Of course, it goes without saying that there is not and will never be any connection whatsoever between their opposition to a multi-million dollar mining project and their deaths. It's just a coincidence, you see.

In January 2012 Bernardo Mendez Vázquez, one of the main opposition figures to the Fortuna Silver San José mine in Oaxaca state, Mexico, was murdered by unknown assailantsOf course, it goes without saying that there is not and will never be any connection whatsoever between his opposition to a multi-million dollar mining project and his death. It's just a coincidence, you see.

In September 2011 Father José Restrepo, a Catholic priest and main opposition figure to the Gran Colombia Gold Marmato project in Colombia, was murdered by unknown assailants. Of course, it goes without saying that there is not and will never be any connection whatsoever between his opposition to a multi-million dollar mining project and his death. It's just a coincidence, you see.

In June 2011 Juan Francisco Ayala Durán, member of the community groups opposing Pacific Rim's presence in El Salvador, was murdered by unknown assailants. His death came two years after the violent deaths of three other memebers of the opposition to Pacific Rim in El Salvador. Of course, it goes without saying that there is not and will never be any connection whatsoever between their opposition to a multi-million dollar mining project and their deaths. It's just a coincidence, you see.

In November 2009 Mariano Abarca, opposition leader to the Blackfire Exploration project in the state of Chiapas, Mexico, was murdered while protesting against the project's presenceHis family directly implicated the mining company security guards in the murder and are currently going through the necessary legal action for justice in the Canadian courts. However, it goes without saying that there is not and will never be any connection whatsoever between his opposition to a multi-million dollar mining project and his death. It's just a coincidence, you see.