Update: Disappeared Student Anti-Mining Activist Found Dead
Update: On June 13th, a body was found by the police in Cabañas that is suspected to be the body of Juan Francisco Duran Ayala, the Cabañas Environmental Committee (CAC) activist who went missing on June 3. Police buried the unidentified body in a common grave and Juan Francisco's family were unable to make a positive ID based on the photographs taken by the forensic team. The CAC and Juan Francisco's family are currently in the process of getting authorization to exhume the body in order to confirm if it is, in fact, Juan Francisco. The asks in this Action Alert are still definitely necessary and applicable and our allies are continuing to ask for our solidarity and calling on the international community to make emails to the Attorney General and Ministry of Security, as well as calling the offices of the Attorney General.
"Two years after the kidnapping and murder of anti-mining activist Marcelo Rivera, those responsible for his death continue to do as they please while prosecutors and the police continue with false assumptions and inadequate investigations.”
–Communiqué from the Environmental Committee of Cabañas for the Defense of Water and Culture (CAC)
As a result of this impunity, another case of violence has arisen - the disappearance of Juan Francisco Duran Ayala. Thirtyyear-old Juan Francisco is a member of the CAC and was last seen over aweek ago attending classes in San Salvador, one day after hanging flyers and banners in Ilobasco, Cabañas against mining and the Canadian mining company Pacific Rim as part of a CAC campaign. The CAC reports that the mayor of Ilobasco, José Maria Dimas Castellano, ordered members of the municipal police to remove the banners and intimidate the activists hanging them.