State of siege in San Rafael Mine in Guatemala. Photo shared by James Rodriguez in the MiMundo.org Facebook page

State of siege in San Rafael Mine in Guatemala. Photo shared by James Rodriguez in the MiMundo.org Facebook page


Residents of four towns east of Guatemala's capital woke up to news that their communities had been placed under a 30-day state of emergency by the administration of President Otto Perez Molina, following anti-mining protests that turned violent.

Xeni Jardin reports on the state of siege in the San Rafael Mine for BoingBoing. Photojournalist James Rodriguez shares photos on his Facebook page MiMundo.org.