The information that follows is drawn from Hudbay's court filings, the plaintiffs' court filings and transcripts from court proceedings.
Between 2008 and 2011, Hudbay was the parent company of Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel (CGN), which owns the Fenix ferro-nickel project in El Estor, Guatemala.
As a result of alleged events there — some of which predate Hudbay having any stake in CGN — Hudbay is named in three civil lawsuits, against which it is now vigorously defending itself.
Based on extensive investigations, eyewitness reports and other information, Hudbay believes that the allegations are untrue and will be resolved in our favour at trial. Accordingly we have a responsibility to vigorously defend these allegations, even when made by people living in circumstances with which anyone would empathize.
Armed with machetes, men begin blocking road access. September 27, 2009
While much has been said online and in the media, nothing has been proven in court. The allegations against Hudbay have been promoted in public using a deliberately constructed narrative that distorts facts about the alleged events and omits, minimizes or ignores crucial context.
The distortions and omissions include:
The following photos show damage from the mob attack on September 27, 2009