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


by Lisa Skeen, from 

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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