For this post right here,
For this they're going to take my life.
They just about cut my head off.
But they couldn't cut it off
because her head was like this.
I said 'Stop!'
He thought he could cut with the machete like this,
but her head was in the way.
[You are not afraid?]
Why would I be afraid?
If they want to come and mess with me?
I'll smack 'em.
I'll hit them.
My land is mine.
[You would fight for your land?]
Of course I would.
Because my land...
I could never leave my land.
What's this worth right now?
That's worth a little over two million dollars.
-Two million dollars.
-Can I touch it?
Ah, this is really nice.
The last few years have made people more worried
about the potential of a major crisis,
then they have gold as a protection.
The stock market has just closed,
there has been a massive sell-off.
Wall Street hasn't seen two days this bad...
This has been a global bloodbath.
Our urgent mission has to be
getting this economy growing faster...
Natural disasters, recession, depression, you name it.
Things like buying gold, to me,
seem like common sense.
There's a movement brewing in America today
that seeks to restore the gold-backed dollar.
Gold is selling at a record high price.
Gold could soar to $1,000 an ounce.
Gold prices jumped to the highest in nearly 11 weeks.
Now is the time to root through
your coin collections and jewelry boxes.
They want everybody to get so scared
they run to a cave with gold.
They want people to be as afraid as they are.
Gold keeps going up and up, driven by a sense that the world
is out of whack and gold can somehow keep us safe.
The price of gold set a brand new record this week,
$1500 an ounce.
Thousands of miners are joining an Amazon gold rush...
The destructive lure of gold...
The poorest of the poor throughout West Africa
are rushing to primitive gold pits...
Attention is turning us to who will be next
to be swept up in mining fever.
The company got its tentacles into San Miguel
in the late '90s before people even knew what was going on.
People are coming from around the country,
sort of community to community exchanges and seeing the mine,
they're reading about the harms, and they're saying,
"We don't want this in our communities."
I'm standing in front of
Goldcorp's Marlin Mine,
and this is one of the first areas where
they started the open-pit mining.
And they're still di--as you can see, they're still digging
even deeper down into what used to be a mountain.
What color do you prefer?
They're wasting our time, I told her.
It wastes our time instead of
doing other things that benefit the fight.
We're dedicating time to these little problems
No. Forget about them.
Yes, they are real and we should discuss them.
But that's between us.
The underlying problem
is this economic model.
The underlying problem is the government.
The underlying problem is the company.
We're in the small village of Agel,
and we're going to the home of Gregoria Perez.
It's Gregoria Perez, verdad?
Gregoria Crisanta Perez.
She's one of the women in the community of Agel
that has most spoke out with dignity
and consistently about all the harms
and violations being caused by the mining.
And she's suffered a lot of sort of direct
and indirect repression because of her dignified stance.
The miners eat thanks to our gold.
We eat thanks to our land.
We depend on corn, beans
and what Mother Earth provides.
I've been affected by the mining company.
We are witnesses to what has happened.
Our wells and springs have dried up
because of the drilling and the tunnel
and because they use the water to wash the gold.
We're in resistance here in San Miguel.
For many reasons.
We're fighting in defense of our land.
In defense of water.
In defense of health.
And this is why the company has
denounced us so much.
She wants candy.
She asked me for a little cookie.
I have 7 children.
I am 41 years old.
He's my husband.
We've been married for 20 years.
[Do you work?]
I work here. [In your house?]
[So you have seven jobs?]
[And this is one.] Yes.
I'd like to tell you my whole story.
But I think the whole world knows my story.
These are the electric lines for the company.
When I came to see that they
had put up these posts in my land
I was enraged
because I hadn't given them permission.
We have a custom.
What one says and only that. Right?
But there, they took advantage.
I didn't want money, I didn't want anything.
What I wanted was for them to
take the posts out. Nothing more.
We just tied up one of the strings and
threw it over the cable
and with that we shut off the power.
And after we cut off the electricity,
the company sent the police.
We're planning right now
on exploiting this area.
And we transport the mineral
on a road for heavy machinery.
We have opportunities to expand
in almost every direction.
There won't be any problem with that.
You will be the miners.
You, the community members,
will be the ones who work in the mines.
So, the development of the mine
is going to bring development to you.
Do you want the mine here?
It will bring much sickness.
We don't want the mine here.
But why not?
Because the mine brings destruction everywhere.
In our worldview,
this practice of creating an economy,
of making money, is completely illogical.
It's illogical because it destroys nature.
If you destroy nature,
you basically destroy the person's soul.
and what follows is basically that
the person's life is destroyed.
We are very close to nature.
It means a great deal to us.
We are part of the whole.
The conflict witnessed in the highlands
started when the Montana Mining Company
attempted to transport an enormous metal cylinder
to San Marcos via the Pan American Highway.
These are some of the scenes from what happened
yesterday in the west of the country.
When about 1000 police officers
and 300 members of the army
confronted hundreds of farmers from
various villages in the region.
It is reminiscent of the
armed internal conflict in the 1980s.
I mean, Central America has had a--has gone through real horrors
in the last decades, but Guatemala was the worst of them.
Hundreds of thousands of people
were murdered and disappeared.
A million of them were displaced from their homes.
How do they stand up against a modern army?
A hundred thousand of them died in 1982,
the year that General Rios Montt
mounted a scorched earth policy
and really devastated hundreds of Mayan villages.
We are in a war.
We have been saying that...
Guatemala is marvelous!
But we need a change.
and the change consists precisely of...
imposing your will over others.
Reagan was praising the worst killer as a--
in the most effusive terms. Rios Montt.
Rios Montt had close ties to the United States,
who gave him aid to fight against the guerillas.
The wounds that were inflicted by that conflict have continued
to fester, clearly, and that has contributed to the current situation.
The repression of any type of economic change
really created the kind of poison politics that they have now.
There's links to the mining story here
because our mining companies dealt with these parties.
You can't say they're responsible for the Rios Montt slaughter,
but they're benefitting from the structures
that were left in place after those many years
of savagery and violence and repression.
Hey, you been behaving yourself?
Yes, I've been resting.
We're in the municipality of San Miguel Ixtahuacán
here in the aldea of Maquivil,
which is just sort of on top of where the Goldcorp mine is.
And so we're gonna follow the road down by the mine
and visit with a woman named Diodora Hernandez.
certainly has legitimacy.
Well, first of all in
defense of her rights.
What she is defending is her land.
She has refused to sell her plot of land to Goldcorp because
they were hoping to expand their mine through her plot of land.
Doña Diodora is a woman of great courage.
Some nights we eat beans, some nights meat.
Look what's down behind you!
Sometimes we grill a pig, she says.
Look at the pig.
We have a bunch of pigs over there.
[How many pigs do you have?]
[And what are they called?
What are their names?]
They don't have names.
This pig's name is Grahame.
[How long have you been with Diodora?]
About 35 years now.
[You've never worked in the mine?]
No, I never worked a day in the mine...
[Why didn't you work in the mine?
Didn't they offer you a job?]
No, because we didn't want to get in
with the miners because...
these people are destroying
everyone's health around here.
I'm involved with the fight,
so is my husband.
He says, "It's great that we fight,
but how do we get them to leave?"
I ask God for them to leave.
I want it to be left in peace.
My granddaughter is used to being with me.
I cry when I think about her life.
What would have happened to her
if they had killed me?
Hello, and welcome to Face to Face.
Today we're going to be talking
about the issue of mining.
We're talking with Grahame Russell
of the group Rights Action.
Well, thanks for having me in.
What I've been doing with Rights Action
for the last 16 years is two main things.
One is we are a direct funder of grassroots struggles
in these countries, environmental defense struggles,
and then the second thing we do
is we focus a lot of attention
on how Canada or the United States
are often part of the problem in Central America.
So, but here's the plan. Today I may or may not have to go pick
up Lucas and drive him, after soccer, home to his mom's.
That's it, he's still with his mom.
He's on the JV team, but did get invited up
to join the varsity team for the year-end tournament.
Health coverage, lapsed.
Hope nothing happens today.
Raul, it's Grahame.
I'm calling to say hi and also we've gotten
$4,000 of support for German.
[Thanks for calling me.]
OK, talk to you soon.
Well, this is the guy, Raul, I was talking with on the phone.
Yeah, he took a bullet in his neck
when the van they were all traveling in
and the community leaders were shot up by machine gun men
at three in the morning.
Highly likely linked to their work in defense
of indigenous rights in their communities.
So this is just another mining-related struggle
we're involved with.
As opposed to saying, educating on a trip like this,
"We're here to learn about Guatemala's problems,"
this becomes a trip where we're learning, actually,
about how Canada and the United States,
historically and on an ongoing basis today,
these are parts of our problems.
They decided before construction that they would build
their dike there, so they basically closed off a valley.
There's housing for the mine workers,
some of the process plant's there,
some of it's hidden behind that hill over there,
and then there's a whole complicated processing plant.
The gold here, it's a very low concentration.
You know, you're probably holding gold
when you pick up this earth right here.
This is the cheapest form
of gold mining,
it's the most destructive
because you're getting one gram of gold for one tonne.
Some of the estimates
are one gram of gold for seven tonnes.
And because of the cost of gold internationally,
and because of the low cost of the mining operation,
it's worth their while to just clear-cut
the whole freakin' mountain.
They have an endless mine in sight.
There's no doubt that the gold is as far as the eye can see.
Two of the big gold guns are teaming up.
Goldcorp has announced an 8.6 billion dollar
U.S. friendly takeover of Glamis Gold.
And it'll be the lowest cost, fastest growing,
unhitched gold mining company in the world.
The Goldcorp/Glamis combination would pump out
about three million ounces of gold a year,
making it the fifth biggest producer in the world.
And in terms of market cap,
it would rank number three.
We just reported earnings that were up 72% year-on-year
while we saw the gold price go up 30%,
so very pleased with that exposure
that we provide to gold.
Do you have a production of where gold goes
from for the next, let's say, year?
I would say it could certainly get to $2,000.
$2,000 an ounce.
And there are 400 ounces in these gold bars.
I'm just gonna tilt it, they're probably--you know what?
It's almost too heavy to tilt.
-How much does this weigh?
-About 35 pounds.
It's too heavy.
Gold, it's the world's most precious metal,
and no one in the world is more passionate
about mining it than Goldcorp.
Goldcorp is one of the world's
largest gold companies,
operating some of the most successful
mining operations in the world.
We want justice, investors divest!
We want justice, investors divest!
The people of Guatemala are here today to demand Goldcorp
to clean up their mess, to get out of Guatemala.
You're poisoning our children, our family,
our future generations.
We don't need your economic support,
we do just fine without your resources.
We do just fine living off our land!
Oh, yeah, you're the guys who lie about Goldcorp, yeah.
-Oh, actually, I mean--
-I've done a lot of research.
Feel free to confront me on any lies.
Who are receiving death threats and attacks
for the work that they're doing.
And they shouldn't, unquestionably
shouldn't be receiving death threats and attacks.
and they certainly aren't from Goldcorp.
You know what, if you guys would learn
what's really going on, you could help them more.
They put them in at noon.
They also put them in at midnight.
And sometimes in the afternoons
at five in the afternoon.
They put in the explosives.
When the company starts the explosions then...
The ground starts to shake.
It feels like an earthquake.
It starts like this, small.
Later it starts to open up.
The company says that
these are lies that we're saying.
But these are not lies.
It's a reality that the houses here are cracking.
Excuse me, sir. He was talking to me.
Look, sir, here's what I say.
You want to talk shit with women. Cut it out.
Say it to me. I'm a man.
You just have to let this...
If you all do a good job...
If Montana leaves, if you get them out.
It creates jobs.
It creates jobs.
You only want to chase away the money.
And we're the assholes.
No, that doesn't bother me.
My support isn't for the company.
My support is for my life.
So they make good money?
I want to make money to support my life.
I think that there are two groups.
There is one group who says,
they say, precisely and openly, "no to mining."
There is another group who says,
"Yes! The mine is good."
And there's a lot of divisions in their own communities
'cause some people have jobs in the mine, et cetera.
Having said all that, the people in San Miguel themselves
are trying to resist by starting to carry out their own consultations.
Indigenous peoples have engaged in their own processes
of expressing their views about these projects,
and they have called these processes Consultas de Bueno Fe,
good faith consultations.
And thus far, uniformly, that view has been in opposition to, uh,
development projects like mines on their territories.
And the communities aren't saying
the owners of Goldcorp are mean people and evil devils,
they're just saying, "We don't want your companies here."
Of 100 Quetzales that come from the mine...
50 cents stays in San Miguel
and 50 cents will stop in the hands
of the central government
and 99 Quetzales is for them.
This kind of business is totally
unfair for the community.
It's a robbery practically.
But who plays an important role in this robbery?
It's our government officials. Right?
The mine has said that it has generated
a lot of development for San Miguel.
But the truth is that the development
that they have created is an increase in violence.
There are more than 48 bars in San Miguel.
There is prostitution here in San Miguel.
So we don't see any development.
No real change that the mine
has created for this town.
Big buildings in the communities,
and whatever else that could be done
with so much money.
These things don't really exist.
It's a lie when they say there's a big change.
It doesn't exist. There's nothing, really.
My poor country,
My poor country, oh, my poor country.
It's only the few who became rich
with our wealth...
The economic models that we were bringing into countries like
Guatemala were really about making rich people richer elsewhere.
You know, to take a step back and look
sort of academically at the Chixoy Dam,
why it's such a perfectly awful case.
You start with this community
that's a millennial community,
indigenous people who have been living in this valley
for at least a thousand years,
so to have this project dumped
on top of their heads like this
was just a classic sort of top-down imposition
of a so-called development project.
Selling development projects that really hugely indebted
countries made profits for the World Bank
and didn't necessarily deliver a lot
for the poor who maintain those burdens.
And the World Bank was aware of the violence
being used to displace these people.
Hello, you listen to me?
You can not take a picture, okay?
It's forbidden to take the picture.
If you are taking by force, I will call police.
You are listening to me?
Similar process to what happened with the gold mining story,
there was a complete lack of consultation with the communities,
they were given no option
as to whether they would need to move or not.
The whole series of structural rules that were imposed
on Guatemala and many other countries
through the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank
with leadership from the United States.
A pattern throughout Guatemala
of large scale development projects,
mining, hydroelectric dams, and so forth,
within indigenous territories,
but without, in many cases,
even minimal consultation.
Guatemala is in a desperate economic situation.
What we're wrong to do is say,
"Therefore, any kind of economic development
from the outside is going to be a benefit."
Their only purpose is to extract as much money as possible
to feed in to the global financial system.
We are part of a geopolitical economic system
that's extremely exploitative.
I would argue that the legacy of mining is precisely that--
that it has some short-term economic benefit,
most of those economic benefits accrue into investors, and has
a long-term ecological consequence that is very negative for the--
for the ongoing development prospects of the region.
It wouldn't surprise me at all if many of you,
directly or indirectly, are invested in Goldcorp,
through a pension fund, through a trust fund, through an endowment,
through a little bit of savings you have,
you're probably invested in Goldcorp and dozens
of mining companies that are operating around the world
and contributing to harms to one degree or another.
These two cows came to have a drink here.
And first this one fell down.
Meanwhile the other one had a drink
and fell down too.
I was taking care of that one
and the other one fell here.
There's always water here.
But when it rains more comes
out from up by the mine.
It's an illness called
something like sudden death.
When they can't go any longer,
they die instantly.
It's not because they drank the water.
I'm more than 50 years old.
But have I ever seen an animal like this?
It's a shame. But I've been a veterinarian
for 40 years.
I've seen it.
[But on the other side.]
But it's Guatemala!
The Marlin Mine has used
millions and millions of liters of water.
Water that no longer flows now.
The amount of water that one family uses
in twenty years, or more,
the mines are blowing through in one hour.
My livestock died since I
had to come and live here.
I crossed the wooden bridge
and my animal went to have a drink.
My cow died.
So they don't have water year-round?
It's dry most of the year.
She has two calves.
And there's no water in her taps either.
There is a clash of cultures
in the way that the Goldcorp uses water
as just another resource to...
in its extraction processes,
and to the Mayans
who really regard it as central to life.
The water is completely dirty, it's contaminated,
and it's no longer fit for humans.
You say there's no pollution. So where does
the poison go when you're done with it?
To process the gold?
Where does it go?
And if it's not contaminated,
we're asking you...
let's go to the tailings dam
and you have a drink.
Drink it then!
She was 3 months old
when these lesions first appeared.
They say it's not from the pollution,
but it's from bad hygiene.
But when we grew up,
we didn't suffer from this disease.
This company is going to exterminate us,
with all this illness that it's generating.
A three-part collaboration between
Montana Exploradora, the municipality,
and the ministry of health.
The permanent hospital will benefit
the people of San Miguel Ixtahuacán.
We had a commitment to contribute
to improving and expanding
health services in the region.
The only thing they've made is a lot of propaganda.
It's the only thing.
But over there that's just an empty building...
The only people who work there are the
same employees from the health center.
There's no advanced medical care. No medicine.
Essentially, it's just a building.
So they built the hospital, took some photos,
and published that...
in San Miguel there is a health center,
a hospital, care for the sick...
But there is not.
One of the easiest duties of corporations is to become
much, much, much more transparent,
and to actually take process seriously
in a way that isn't simply a public relations game
or isn't simply designed to manipulate or play the system.
A CEO of a corporation is not rewarded
for being a good citizen in the world.
They're not rewarded even for treating their employees well.
They're rewarded for the bottom line
of the return to the shareholders.
Whether you are a Goldcorp employee
you have a right to know that the company you work for
or invest in conducts their business in an ethical, fair manner.
Recognizing this, in 2008, Goldcorp agreed to a human rights
impact assessment of the Marlin Mine in Guatemala.
Goldcorp's new corporate human rights policy puts particular
emphasis on recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples,
and this policy isn't just words on a page.
The only lesson becomes, tell everybody let's pat Goldcorp
on the back for having done "the right thing,"
and now let's just turn away from this
or now let's just trust Goldcorp.
Then you have a report, like, On Common Ground
that is trying to portray Goldcorp as they are trying to listen.
I get very upset at those reports.
The mining industry and other global industries,
they do not want hard binding law,
so they come up with all of these self-regulating codes,
voluntary codes of conducts.
And I think they're fundamentally problematic.
This is all well and good, let me congratulate you,
but look at what it says.
So much of what, um,
NGOs and communities and individuals have been saying
have been validated by your own process.
On behalf of Montana Exploradora and Goldcorp,
we are committed to being in
San Miguel Ixtahuacán
with a vision, a long-term vision.
We feel part of this beautiful municipality.
We feel like part of the family of
San Miguel Ixtahuacán.
Today that has been confirmed.
At first we didn't know
if it was a gold mining company or a mine.
We didn't know, nobody knew anything.
The workers said,
we are growing orchids, a flowers company.
That's what we understood.
They started to look for me and when they
found me they asked me to sell my land.
I said no.
Because I didn't want to sell this land.
I wasn't thinking of selling.
So when they started working on the road
they were going to open up...
So it occurred to me that I should go
take a look at my land.
The machines were working on my land.
They were making the highway!
[As if the property was theirs?]
The government isn't supposed to grant licenses
without the consent of the communities.
And that's what's been violated in San Miguel.
Before, we were not aware.
But now the people are awake.
The company got us one by one.
That's how people sold their lands.
The company wouldn't have
been able to come in.
We're starting to figure out what's going on.
No to mining, yes to life!
Do you think there's a future with Montana?
NO! Out with Montana!
Out with Montana!
Montana lied to us from the start
saying that mining was life
They're dividing up their earnings.
And in San Miguel...
the people are dying in San Miguel Ixtahuacán!
We ask the government to listen.
We are the legitimate owners of our lands!
Today, fast, white steam ships
travel across the Caribbean.
The cargo is more valuable
than pirate's gold,
and officers in trim white uniforms pick up their golden cargos
from a place we call "Bananaland."
There's no question that the United States
has a long history of intervening in Latin America,
of fomenting coups and assassinations.
The CIA has admitted that they were deeply involved
in the overthrow of Arbenz in Guatemala.
Well, in 1953,
Guatemala passed a major land reform law.
This was going to have significant effects
throughout all of Central America.
It was right around that time that they began
to seriously contemplate a covert operation
directed at overthrowing the government of Guatemala.
The coup was essentially carried off by the U.S.
There were major business interests involved.
The company that was most offended by the reforms
that were taking place was United Fruit Company.
On the board of United Fruit was John Foster Dulles,
who happened to be our Secretary of State,
and his brother, Alan Dulles,
was the head of the CIA,
and so there was a convenient link
for these fears about appropriation of land with the CIA.
The CIA is not working to protect the American people.
Its primary function is to protect American corporations.
The events of recent months and days
add a new and glorious chapter
to the already great tradition
of the American states.
The fomenting or carrying on a war in a country,
if it were to do this,
without any kind of Congressional approval,
I think would put some real strain on the Constitution.
We are an imperial nation,
and we basically have been an imperial nation
throughout most of our history.
We have to protect our resources, and the way to do it
is with police states that institute harsh repression.
The U.S. didn't invent that policy;
that's imperial policy.
...that Guatemala is going to enter a new era in which there will be
prosperity for the people together with liberty for the people.
I mean, it really shows how small actions undertaken
by the United States can have huge effects over decades
in the way the history of another country unfolds,
and for Guatemala,
it's been all unfortunate.
So now that you've seen where bananas come from
before they reach your table,
our journey to Bananaland has ended.
We hope you enjoyed the trip;
we know you like bananas.
In September 2010, they tried to kidnap me.
But thank god nothing happened to me.
This year too.
A company bus, a mine bus,
that transports the workers for the mine.
It tried to run me over.
They have been following me.
Everything they have done
to the other women here.
Like our friends, we've gotten the same threats.
Do you want to just sit here and
wait and see if they talk to us?
Or do you prefer to leave? Want to go?
Let's go then.
What do you think?
How do you feel? It's your van.
[It's not a problem.]
Should we park here, do you think?
We are definitely on public property
and they're definitely on to us.
Well, it's based on the activism because you get targeted
by your neighbors, let alone the company,
but then what happens is your neighbors start turning on you,
saying, "Because of you, we didn't get money from the company,"
or "Because of you, this or that or the other thing,"
so it's using poor against poor.
The whole community is against me right now.
They don't want to see me.
[The whole community is against you?]
Because they are all working with the miners.
Gentlemen, I have a question.
You guys cut out my fence.
Why did you cut it up? It is my land.
By me saying that, one of the leaders got up...
...and he grabbed the machete
and pulled the sheath off of it.
I hugged my granddaughter.
Her head was here like this.
So he thought he was going to
cut my head off with the machete.
Why would anyone want to kill me?
Because of the miners, if not for them...
I'd be fine, happy, no problems.
I'm going to go up right now to the container.
To talk to the geologist.
Maybe we can have more time.
A little more time.
We can't wait.
Because the truth is it's been too long. Too long.
People are trying to make a living
and we're losing days.
Right now we're in a time of work.
One thing. Let me go up.
I'm going to go up.
I will...do you have a telephone?
I'm not giving you my number.
I can't have your number. But your name?
So I can...
Not my name either.
I'm not interested in you talking to me.
What they are saying is...
remove the machines and nothing more.
There's nothing more to say. Nothing to discuss.
We're being patient.
We're reasonable people. We're adults.
We understand what you're saying but
this is what we're asking.
We don't want to talk anymore. We've been patient.
I can't do anything more.
The company has to remove its machinery
from this piece of land.
This land didn't belong to those who sold it.
Many people are heirs to this land.
You say the problem is there are many heirs. I want
to see the legal documents to present to the courts.
We don't have them. Why go to the courts?
The courts have been bought out!
We don't want to bother anybody.
However it seems to you,
we've only bought according to the law.
Nobody was forced to sell to anyone.
This is how they got the land.
They blindfolded people's eyes.
But nobody's going to cover our eyes.
Men with an oath on their lips
and muscles in their arms,
but men with greed in their hearts,
ready to break their backs
to sell their very souls for gold.
I'm a billionaire!
I'm a trillionaire!
I'm a zillionaire!
I love gold.
I could get cash for this gold medallion
of me wearin' a gold medallion!
Price of gold today is, uh, $1580.
Why is gold worth some twenty bucks an ounce?
I don't know, because it's scarce.
I've never understood gold, quite frankly.
It's this item that isn't all that useful,
but it's valuable because people assign it a value.
Why is the price of gold so high right now?
Do you th--do you think gold is money?
At the end of the day, why gold?
You know, it's gold because it's gold
because it's gold because it's gold.
You can't look into this too deeply
or the whole thing just falls apart.
Gold in itself ain't good for nothin' except makin' jewelry with,
and gold teeth.
Why should we be mining gold at all?
We already have huge amounts
of mined gold in the world.
The value of the only place we have to live,
of the water that we need to survive,
does not compare to gold.
I mean, gold--we're not gonna eat gold,
we're not gonna bathe with gold,
we're not gonna drink gold.
If you offered me the choice of looking at some 67 foot, uh,
cube of gold, and looking at it all day,
and the alternative to that was to have
all the farmland of the country...
For a quick profit, to get a piece of metal to stick in a vault
so we can say we own it,
we're destroying the very future that we want to--
that we're trying to secure.
All the litany of harms and violations
to get this gold out of the ground,
and then you take this gold and you take it home to your country
and you bury it under the ground.
I was with the crowd in the British Honduras,
where I made my fare back home
and almost enough over to cure me
of the fever I'd caught.
Dug in California and Australia,
all over the world practically.
Yeah, I know what gold does to men's souls.
We're here only because we think
that there are minerals for the Marlin Mine.
I don't know if there's anyone here
who has worked in the mine?
No, nobody works there.
But if there are no minerals here,
we'll do nothing more and we'll leave.
At the most it will be fifty days.
And we'll leave. We'll stop.
This water here.
It puts life at risk.
So there is a violation to the right to life.
Where are you from?
[I'm for Chile.]
You're from Chile.
I'm Guatemalan. I'm originally from here.
I'm originally from these lands.
My grandparents were born here.
Here we have a representation
of various communities.
They represent the communities.
We need to avoid this problem.
For example, you see here that all of the
people came without weapons.
Nobody brought arms. But on the other hand
you did come protected.
I don't know what your fear is?
All of the authorities who have come here,
have come on behalf of the company.
We, as part of the population, nobody has
taken into account our demands and our needs!
And many times the authorities only come
to intimidate the people!
For what reason?
So, our intention is, as part of
the people of San Miguel, to say that...
get the company out.
At nine in the morning,
I'll give a response, and you will...
[Not a response, no!]
A response, right?
[Remove the machinery!]
That's the response I'll give in the morning.
Yes, that's what you want!
[Tomorrow remove it! Sign it there.]
[You need to take into account the petition
and you will avoid this problem.]
[Tomorrow we'll be here to remove the machinery.]
But listen, listen.
Tomorrow we're going to tell the truth.
We're going to tell the truth.
We're going to say "Yes, we'll remove the machinery"
or "No, we're not taking the machinery."
I'm making the decision.
[And take the company out!
The town requests it!]
[Not just the machines, take the company out!]
All of us who are here,
we are suffering.
From enduring thirst, enduring hunger
all due to one transnational company.
I've got the paper written by
the engineer Marco Meneses.
Last night at 6 o'clock.
We've been waiting here for 3 hours.
He's 3 hours late.
We don't have anything else to say to Mr. Marcos.
So we're going to act, the people of
San Miguel Ixtahuacán who have come here.
The people have decided
to set fire to the machines!
Nice to meet you. How are you?
[Good, thank you.]
I know that Gregoria is here, so turn her in.
Identify this man who is shooting video.
I want to see your ID
and why are you videotaping?
[It's my job.]
Yes, but you need to respect the law.
Does the company