Fishermen lost their patience when Lake Izabal was covered by a red stain in 2017. Their trade union accused a nickel mining company for the pollution and blocked the road leading to the mine. The state finally answered, with police that violently broke down the protest. One fishermen was killed another one was wounded, two more were arrested and four still face criminal charges. No serious investigations on pollution have been carried out. This is the latest episode of a 50-year saga of a small town, a large mine and the rural backwaters of a country where the government is almost always absent.