Late on Sunday night, Alex Reynoso and Merilyn Topacio Reynoso, father and daughter activists involved in the resistance against Canadian company Tahoe Resources’ Escobal Mine in Guatemala, were attacked by unknown suspects. Alex and Merilyn were on their way home to Matequescuintla after attending an activity in a nearby community. Merilyn, who was sixteen years old, was shot and killed; Alex was severely wounded and remains in intensive care.
When I spent time in communities around this mining project in February and March I heard countless stories of activists who had received death threats, who had been attacked, and who have been forced to live in a constant state of fear in their own homes and communities (I’ll be sharing these as videos and articles in the coming weeks). While details of the attack against Alex and Merilyn remain unclear, this incident clearly forms part of this larger pattern of recent violent acts and intimidation.
The acts of violence that took place on Sunday are the worst and most heartbreaking types of reminders of what the impacts of these mining projects truly look like, and of why solidarity work with communities who are resisting Canadian mining companies, and with all those who defend their right to life and territory is vital.
Rest in power, Merilyn.
- from Under-Mining Guate
… Neither think yesterday you felt very happy, because we were going to do what you love, music.
I still remember these, your words “our generation should lead the people in power.”
Still, I remember the tone of your voice is heard so shy, but with the enthusiasm of joy that fills we who hear.
Topaz Reynoso – life is unfair, some people deserve to die, but there are those who deserve to live; and you were one of those that deserve to live. And being an engine of life and hope.
Enough! Out! We can not keep killing, imprisoning, slandering, chasing, only to defend RIGHTS. War never ended, these dinosaurs are still there … but both milestone, in the end it breaks, very soon, our martyrs will be vindicated, because we will not keep silent … stupid!
Here is a statement shared via NISGUA from a number of Guatemalan Communities in Resistance.
- from latribunadel patojo,