Militarized Mining in Wisconsin
September 27, 2013 by Al Gedicks
[This is a reprint of an article in Z Magazine vol. 26 no. 10, October 2013, copyright Al Gedicks - http://www.wrpc.net]
Armed guards protecting extractive resource operations is not an uncommon sight in Central and South American countries where there is growing community resistance to ecologically destructive mining and oil projects. As early as 2008 the United Nations documented “an emerging trend in Latin America but also in other regions of the world indicates situations of private security companies protecting transnational extractive corporations whose employees are often involved in suppressing legitimate social protest of communities and human rights and environmental organizations where these corporations operate.” (Human Rights Council, Report of the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of people to self-determination).
In a precedent-setting ruling in Canada, the Superior Court of Ontario ruled that the Canadian mining company, Hudbay Minerals can potentially be held responsible in Canada for rapes and murder at a mining project formerly owned by Hudbay’s subsidiary in Guatemala. The case is now proceeding in Canadian courts.
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Cover photo of the Overpass Light Brigade, "Iron Mine=Genocide," the eve when the Senators voted partyline for AB/SB1 New Mining Bill that favors and written by the Mining Company Gogebic Taconite (Chris Cline owned) despite the words of both parties echoing the warning that the GTAC mine proposes a threat of Genocide of the Ojibwe people of the Bad River Band Lake Superior Chippewa.