30 Sep '15, 9pm

Guatemalan activist murdered after court suspends palm oil company operations

Reforestadora de Palmas del Petén, S.A. (REPSA) is allegedly responsible for a massive fish kill along a 100-mile stretch of the La Pasión River in June. Massive overflows of organic matter from the company's palm-oil mill effluent ponds are suspected of causing the asphyxiation of fish and other aquatic life. A government agency referred to the incident as "ecocide." Residents of the municipality of Sayaxché who depend on the river for fish and water have been greatly affected by the incident. Three residents involved in groups seeking justice for the fish kill were allegedly abducted by REPSA workers on September 18. A local teacher who denounced REPSA was murdered the same day. The situation in Sayaxché remains tense amid ongoing investigations into the murder and REPSA's role in the fish kill.

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2015/09/guatemalan-activist-murd...

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