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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

El Salvador: Assassinated Anti-Mining Leaders Opposed Gold and Silver Exploitation

Impunity Continues in Murders of Environmental Organizers in El Salvador
Three Assassinated Anti-Mining Leaders Opposed Gold and Silver Exploitation
By Geovani Montalvo
Class of 2010, School of Authentic Journalism
March 15, 2010

The blood from three murders has stained Salvadoran land. The murderers? They reek of gold and silver. Gustavo Marcelo Rivera, Ramiro Rivera Gómez and Dora Alicia Recinos were murdered in 2009. They were leading the opposition to metallic mining in their communities in the state of Cabañas, in northern El Salvador.

On December 26, 2009, anti-mining activist Dora Alicia Recinos Sorto was murdered in the community of Trinidad, Cabañas, when she was returning home from washing clothes in a nearby river. Eight months pregnant, she was shot five times. Her husband was José Santos, spokesperson for the Cabañas Environmental Committee.
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