In a communique published on 31 October 2013, the Committee for the Promotion and Defense of Life Samuel Ruiz García, located in Chicomuselo, denounced that mining firms seek to reactivate the La Revancha mine belonging to the Nueva Morelia ejido, which previously had been shuttered in 2009 after the murder of anti-mining leader Mariano Abarco. This development comes after the arrival to the locale of mining workers the previous day.
Upon being questioned, said workers claimed to belong to the mining firm Zacatecas Mining Operations, adding that a neighbor, the presumed director of the El Surco organization, had authorized their arrival to the mine.
As the denunciation explains, residents “are opposed to the mining project, as no outsider to the ejido has the right to grant permits to any other outsider, much less to mining firms, especially given that these companies are in conflict with us since the public recognition of the environmental consequences of mining, in addition to the health and community side-effects which mining in Chicomuselo resulted in. We can think particularly of the death of Mr. Mariano Abarca Roblero.” It should be remembered that, just in this one municipality, 16 concessions have been granted for the exploration and exploitation of mineral resources, some of them with a 50-year lifespan.
For more information (in Spanish):
Empresarios quieren reactivar industria minera en Chicomuselo, son rechazados por la población (Chiapas Paralelo, 2 de noviembre de 2013)
Comunicado completo del Comité para la Promoción y Defensa de la vida Samuel Ruiz García (Radio Pozol, 31 de octubre de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Denunciation of renewal of mining activities in Chicomuselo (21 August 2013)