Salvadoran Anti-Mining Activists Risk Their Lives by Taking On ‘Free Trade’

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by Lisa Skeen, from https://nacla.org/node/6389 

For residents of El Salvador’s northern department of Cabañas, 2009 was ayear fraught with political high drama that reached a tragic climax inDecember with the assassination of two anti-mining activists. A publiccommemoration of their work, which marked the start of 2010, was asmuch a statement of solidarity as one of mourning. On December 20, heavily armed gunmen evaded police protection andmurdered the vice president of an anti-mining environmentalorganization, Ramiro Rivera Gómez. Six days later, Dora “Alicia”Recinos Sorto, a prominent member of the same organization, was shotand killed while returning home after washing clothes in a nearbystream. She was pregnant and carrying her two-year-old son when she waskilled.

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