Nicaragua: Gold Mine Suspends Operations

The Colombian company HEMCO has suspended its activities due to violence shown by a group of artisanal miners who blocked the exit of materials and destroyed company property.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Aiming to ensure the safety of its employees and raw materials which are highly toxic, the Colombian mining company has suspended operations until the violent environment that they faced, which is affecting business and the economic climate of the municipality, has been stablalized.

From a statement issued by HEMCO:

The company HEMCO condemns the actions of those who unleashed chaos by entering the company by force, putting the lives of employees and neighbors in danger, destroying part of the facilities, burning a vehicle and causing damage to property and commiting theft. At present, the amount of losses has not been quantified but it exceeds several thousand dollars.

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Million-Dollar Losses by Protests and Blockades

July 2019

In the context of the protests and blockades that have been affecting Costa Rica for several days, the businessmen denounce that there are millions of losses, mainly in tourism, exports, and agricultural, industrial and commercial activities.

The protests that began last week and intensified on June 28, when students and teachers from at least 232 schools blocked several routes in the country, are caused, according to their participants, by young people objecting to issues such as dual education, neutral bathrooms, FARO tests or purchase of drones for agricultural schools.

Honduras: Private Sector Reports Losses

June 2019

After more than 40 days of protests and looting, Honduran businessmen report that about 50 companies have been affected, and several stores have already been closed.

Preliminary reports from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tegucigalpa (CCIT), establish that among the most affected businesses are supermarket chains, appliance stores, fast food restaurants and microenterprises dedicated to the marketing of clothing and footwear.

Protests and Vandalism in Honduras

June 2019

The business sector is concerned about the way in which the demonstrations have developed in recent days, generating "an unsustainable cost to the Honduran economy.”

After the Honduran government approved decrees PCM-026-2018 and PCM-027-2019, the country's doctors and teachers began demonstrations with the aim of repealing them, because they argue that they will be able to fire government employees and privatize public services.

Losses Caused by Blockades at the Guatemala-Mexico Border

June 2018

For more than 24 hours rural organizations have blocked access to the road that leads from Guatemala to the border with Mexico, in Quetzaltengo.

The Coordinating Committee of Agricultural, Commercial, Industrial and Financial Associations (Cacif) explained that "... The passivity of the Office of the Human Rights Ombudsman is worrying, an entity that is expected to avidly defend the guarantees of the law. The entity is obliged to take the necessary actions to respect all rights, today, security, free movement, access to work, education, health and free enterprise are under serious threat." 

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