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The El Tambor gold mine project in Guatemala has its construction licence suspended

A court in Guatemala today ruled that all work must halt on the construction of the El Tambor gold mine, owned by US company Kappes, Cassiday & Associates (KCA) and the source of a very long-running and sometimes conflictive protest by local community members known as "La Puya". This is a significant victory for the La Puya group and perhaps a sign that the removal of dozens of corrupt officials from government (by resignation or arrest) recently on the back of the La Linea scandal is beginning to make a real difference to the country's balance of power.