Jun 182010

Short documentary: Violent Evictions at El Estor, Guatemala.
By Steven Schnoor

Related video by CTV W5 below

“In January 2007, Steven Schnoor made a short documentary depicting the violent eviction of Mayan subsistence farmers from their homes in rural Guatemala at the behest of a Canadian mining company. This documentary includes footage of a woman who protests loudly about the evictions.  It also includes a number of still photographs, including one of a community member in despair with his head in his hand” (Schnoor v. Canada)

Canada’s ambassador to Guatemala, Kenneth Cook, spread misinformation about the video, suggesting that it was fabricated. Schnoor subsequently sued him for defamation and on June 16 the judge ruled in favour of Schnoor.

To learn more about the case click here

Watch a related video by CTV W5 below
Paradise Lost: Are Canadian mining companies giving us a bad reputation abroad?

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