Following on the heels of the murder of Mariano Abarca Roblero in Chiapas, Mexico, an outspoken opponent of Canadian mining company Blackfire, two demonstrations have taken place. He had always said “if anything happens to me, I blame the Canadian mining company Blackfire.”
On Thursday a memorial was held at the Canadian embassy in Mexico, and today demonstrators attended the visit of Canadian Governor-General Michaëlle Jean to Chiapas.
We speak with Pedro Gonzáles of Otros Mundos Chiapas, who attended the demonstrations, about what took place, about Abarca's murder, and about the history of Canadian mining in Chiapas.
The piece includes part of an interview with Mariano Abarca by Tamara Herman in July 2009.