PRESS POINT AT SHAREHOLDER’S MEETING
Date: May 6th, 2020
Location: First Canadian Place, 77 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON.
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Event: Press point, street theatre, picket
Organized by: Frente Amplio Opositor (FAO) Mexico/Montreal
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Toronto, April 26, 2010 – A Mexican delegation is travelling to Toronto to oppose an open-pit mine owned by New Gold Inc. at the corporation’s annual shareholder meeting on May 6th. The mine, located in the historic Mexican village of Cerro de San Pedro, has generated resistance and controversy internationally.
In November of 2009, community members who claimed the mine had been operating illegally and without the proper permits were vindicated when a Mexican superior court, the Federal Tribunal of Administrative and Fiscal Justice, nullified the environmental permit for the mine and ordered operations to cease.
After being shut down for more than three months, the project started again in March despite the lack of an environmental permit. Dr. Juan Carlos Ruiz Guadalajara, a professor of history at the Colegio de San Luis and participant in the delegation , stated, “If the government of Mexico were enforcing the law without influence or corruption, the Cerro de San Pedro mine would not be operating today. There is strong circumstantial evidence that local officials have been corrupted, which would implicate the management of New Gold.” The operation of the mine continues to be challenged in a number of Mexican courts.
The delegation, which consists of Dr. Ruiz Guadalajara and residents of the affected city of San Luis Potosí, will be accompanied by a street theatre troupe and demonstrators before entering the New Gold meeting. Said Dr. Guadalajara: “We want to make sure that opposition to the Cerro de San Pedro mine is at the top of New Gold’s agenda. Our delegation is giving shareholders a glimpse of the scope of resistance in Mexico, and sending a clear message of the instability on the ground for present and potential investors.”