Defending Dissent

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 00:00

A Co-Presentation with Toronto’s Aluna Theatre of ‘The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich’ and a panel discussion with Guatemalan human rights defenders and local guests about the criminalization of dissent.

More and more, people are being targeted for disagreeing with what governments and industry - such as Canadian mining companies - want to do in their communities and on their lands. In the worst of cases, Indigenous leaders, farmers, journalists and environmental activists are killed. Increasingly, attempts to silence environmental defenders take place through stigmatization and criminalization. We must creatively and consciously come together and defend dissent. 

The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich is a staged reading including song, story, and images, about the case of Adolfo Ich, a Mayan community leader who was killed by security forces contracted to a Canadian mining company in Guatemala. The text has been extracted from statements and interviews used with permission, and government and public websites. Klippensteins Barristers & Solicitors of Toronto has undertaken lawsuits in Ontario courts against two companies, HudBay and HMI Nickel, regarding this murder. Hearings begin in Toronto on March 4th 2013. 

The Criminalization of Dissent, a panel discussion with Guatemalan guests will follow the performance. Panelists will discuss current threats and opportunities that communities and their allies face in the fight for land and justice against unfettered mining developments from Guatemala to Canada.


Doors Open at 6:30, The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich will begin directly at 7:00pm.

This event sponsored by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, Peace Brigades International – Canada, MiningWatch Canada, Americas Policy Group.

For tour details, events, cities: http:// defenddissenttour.wordpress .com/

This event is part of the pan-Canadian tour: Defend Dissent coordinated by The Project Accompaniment Quebec-Guatemala (PAQG) with support from Fonds pour l’éducation et l’engagement du public à la solidarité internationale (FEEPSI), Peace Brigades International-Canada and the Public Service Alliance Social Justice Fund.

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