About this website
The ResistEscobal.com and FueraMinaEscobal.com websites are maintained by U.S. and Canadian-based organizations that have spent years working in solidarity with the communities in peaceful resistance to the Canadian-owned Escobal silver mine in southeastern Guatemala.
Like in many parts of the world, various transnational mining companies operate in Guatemala without the free, prior, and informed consent of the communities affected by their projects, in violation of their self-determination. Over the last ten years, residents in the departments of Santa Rosa, Jalapa, and Jutiapa concerned about the Escobal mine’s negative impacts on their environment, culture, and social fabric, have held marches, erected peaceful protest encampments, and filed dozens of lawsuits and hundreds of environmental complaints. Multiple referenda at the community and municipal levels have taken place, showing a clear and overwhelming local opposition to the mine.
Given the transnational nature of this mine, which was first brought into operation by Tahoe Resources and later acquired in 2019 by Vancouver-based Pan American Silver, international advocacy organizations play an important role in amplifying the voices of those affected by this project.