Gold, impunity, violence in El Salvador

Gold, impunity, violence in El Salvador

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August 24, 2009

A new campaign of violence has emerged in El Salvador, with community activists in the struggle against a Canadian mining company suffering attacks, kidnappings, death threats, and outright murder. the Real News Network reports.

Over the past month and a half, with the region’s attention fixed on the coup in Honduras, a campaign of violence and fear has intensified in El Salvador, shedding light on the culture of impunity that persists in much of Central America.

The events have been centred in the northern state of Cabañas, which shares more than just a border with southern Honduras: the people on both sides live on top of the Central American gold vein, where Canadian mining companies have claims on the metal beneath.

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Background and more information

  • Public opposition brings ban on gold mining in El Salvador
  • El Salvador: The Mysterious Death of Marcelo Rivera
  • YouTube Video documenting one of the threats
  • Pacific Rim Silent in Wake of Violence Against Anti-mining Protesters in Cabañas, El Salvador
  • Another Anti-mining Activist Shot in Cabañas El Salvador, Hitman Tied to Pacific Rim is Detained
  • Shredding Social Fabric: Company promoters “contaminate” communities in El Salvador
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