Mining has caused more than 15,000 social conflicts in Mexico — with many linked to Canadian mining companies — reported the non-governmental organization Mexican Network of Those Affected by Mining (Rema).
Rema activist Miguel Angel Mijangos Leal said that Rema’s work in 31 of 32 Mexican states has allowed it to estimate the number of 15,000, having worked closely with different known conflicts in each region.
The conflicts explained Leal, range from rejected community concessions against federal mining activity, to demonstrations held to raise awareness about the negative health and environmental effects of mining.
Rema, in its report, highlighted the tensest conflicts from the over 15,000 reported. One of them involved the Canadian mining company, Torex Gold, and its Media Luna gold mine in the state of Guerrero. Workers there staged a strike in November 2017, with three workers having been killed since.
Elsewhere in the state of Guerrero, Canadian Gold Corp, another Canadian mining company, raised tensions when it illegally purchased land in the city of Carrizalillo.
Yet another case involving a Canadian mining company, Canadian Esperanza Silver, sought to destroy the Xochicalco archaeological site, as well as communal lands located on the El Jumil hill in Tetlama, Morelos.
Finally, there is the ongoing case in Chicomuselo, Chiapas, which led to the murder of anti-mining activist Mariano Abarca in 2009, who was fighting against the impacts of Canadian mining company Blackfire Exploration.
By the end of the year, the Mexican Federal Geological Service would have explored 89,679,400 hectares (45.7 percent) of Mexican territory for mining purposes. Rema predicts that in this time social conflicts related to mining will only grow.