Anti-mining protesters say they will begin a hunger strike in front of Casa Presidencial today. The protesters are members of the Frente Norte de Oposición a la Minería and Coordinadora Ni Una Sola Mina.
The hunger strike is supposed to begin at 4 p.m. The action is against the proposed open pit gold mine at Cutris de San Carlos operated by the Costa Rican subsidiary of a Canadian company. These are many of the same people who took hikes from San José to the mine site to pressure the executive branch to rescind an Óscar Arias Sánchez decree that advanced the mining project.
The organizers said they would hold what they said was a fast for life to demonstrate the fragility of
life and to bring their case to international communities.
The major complaints are that the company would use cyanide to leach the gold from crushed rock and that the mining operation would knock down trees.
Costa Rican officials fear that an arbitrary action against the mining company would land them in an expensive international arbitration. The Sala IV constitutional court already has validated the agreement the company has with Costa Rica. The case now is in another court where the process of approving the project is being considered.
Gold was at more than $1,300 an ounce Thursday.
Casa Presidencial is the site of frequent protests and sit-ins.