The Thorn Tree Resistance

As Emilie Teresa Smith articulates so well in Sojourners magazine,

Gold and silver mines in Guatemala are wreaking havoc on local communities. But the people, using nonviolent Christian action, are fighting back.

With regard to this article, she is referring to La Puya, which soon celebrates its 2nd anniversary of as a Comunidad en Resistencia. The ‘Thorn Tree Resistance’ indeed – for what is a ‘puya’ but a thorn tree.

The men and women at La Puya explain what they know from daily lived experience: Mining companies do not exist for the betterment of humanity, least of all for the poor. Maybe a few local people will get jobs, for a little while. Some of the already rich in Guatemala probably stand to get richer. But mining is about one thing alone—making money for a relative few. It is not even about bringing essential metals for necessary daily use.

The writer prefaces her piece with a quote from Job:

Surely there is a mine for silver, and a place for gold to be refined … They put their hand to the flinty rock, and overturn mountains by the roots. They cut out channels in the rocks, and their eyes see every precious thing … But where shall wisdom be found?

You can read this article here and see the timeline of the Comunidad en Resistencia here. ‘La Puya: The Rhythm of Resistance’ can be read here.

The news clip is from Latin American television network TeleSUR about the extraordinary nonviolent resistance in La Puya.

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