Remembering the Tragedy at Pasta de Conchos
Today, February 19th of 2016, marks a decade since the tragic loss of 65 miners in a devastating, but preventable, explosion at the Pasta de Conchos mines, in San Juan de Sabinas, Coahuila. Though the national miner’s union filed multiple complaints, and protested the hazardous work conditions, Grupo México refused to comply and provide a safe work environment. The neglect on Grupo México’s behalf cost these laborers their lives, and to add insult to injury, they have yet to take responsibility, or receive punishment for their murderous actions. Rescue efforts ceased five days after the explosion, without any consideration as to the survival of the miners, or the sorrow of their families. In order to prevent investigations about the cause of the explosion, and exposing the abominable conditions, the mines were sealed, and 63 of the bodies still lay in the mines. Please read this piece on what I call Industrial Homicide, to learn more about these human rights violations. In remembrance of these miners, I have written about these abuses in La Jornada, which you can refer to here. It has been a decade of impunity, and we cannot forget those who lost their lives, and the importance of protecting Mexico’s laborers.