McGill Research Group Investigating
Canadian Mining in Latin America

El Tambor, Guatemala

Key Data

Company:Radius Gold Operational status:Advanced development (June 2012) Materials extracted:gold Type of mine:Open pit and underground Main issues:


Blockade of El Tambor mine March 2012

Synopsis (June 2012):

Members of the communities of San Pedro Ayampuc and San José del Golfo organized a blockade of the mine’s entrance in March of 2012 citing the lack of consultation as well as concerns to public health. The following month an altercation between protestors and security forces led to shots being fired. In May an important detachment of Guatemalan police escorted mining trucks through the blockade.
On June 13th of 2012 community organizer Telma Yolanda Oquelí Veliz was shot by assailants and gravely wounded on her way from the blockade encampment.








“Peaceful Resistance in the Face of Violence”: Journalist Dawn Paley’s October 2012 report for UpsideDown World on continued blockade of project, despite attack against organizer Telma Yolanda Oquelí.

Timeline of Key Events