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El Salvador: Ramiro Rivera Shot to Death in Cabañas

December 21, 2009 Hector Berríos 0

December 20, 4:00pm – Hitmen gunned down and killed our compañero Ramiro Rivera Gomez, Vice president of the Comité Ambiental de Cabañas, [Cabañas Environmental Committee], in the Canton of Trinidad, city of Ilobasco, Cabañas.  Rivera was a leader in the resistance against the Pacific Rim Mining Company.
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El Salvador: Pacific Rim Mining Co. Shares Up, Tensions Remain High in Cabañas

September 18, 2009 Jason Wallach 0

At the recent Pacific Rim Mining Company shareholders’ meeting in Vancouver, BC, shareholders voted to extend repayment on $6.7 million of stock-like warrants for another year. About $800,000 of the extended warrants belong Pacific Rim Executive Board members themselves, so the move sent a clear signal to investors that the company is committed to carrying through with its $77 million investment arbitration claim against the government of El Salvador. […]

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Another Anti-mining Activist Shot in Cabañas El Salvador, Hitman Tied to Pacific Rim is Detained

August 13, 2009 Jason Wallach 0
Ramiro Rivera, Nueva Trinidad

A leader in the movement opposed to re-opening the El Dorado goldmine in northeast El Salvador was in stable condition after being shot eight times in the back and legs. Doctors at San Salvador’s Rosales Hospital said it was “miraculous” that Ramiro Rivera survived the attack, which occurred in front of Rivera’s modest house. Rivera identified one of two assailants as Oscar Menjívar, who was detained by police in Cabañas, where both men reside. […]

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El Salvador: The Mysterious Death of Marcelo Rivera

August 6, 2009 Cyril Mychalejko 0

Marcelo Rivera

On June 18 Gustavo Marcelo Rivera, a community leader and anti-mining activist, whose most recent work targeted a controversial and widely unpopular gold mine project proposed by Canada’s Pacific Rim, was disappeared. Less than two weeks later his corpse was found at the bottom of a 60-foot-well, while an autopsy later revealed he was strangled to death and tortured.
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Interview with Irma and Herbert: Members of El Salvador’s Radio Zurda

June 25, 2009 Erica Thompson 0

This is Part Six in a series of interviews with members of the Salvadoran Social movement titled "What We Want: Voices from the Salvadoran Left."

Radio Zurda is a radical youth media collective that broadcasts a weekly radio program on 22 community stations in El Salvador. Through a live Internet feed, the program has the capacity to reach millions of people around the world with critical and otherwise under or un-reported news and a consistent drive for community engagement, collective process, and political empowerment.
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Gangs, Security and Criminalization: Youth Experiences of Violence in El Salvador

June 19, 2009 Maria Hoisington 0

Police in El Salvador

As a result of ever-increasing rates of violence, number of gang members, and citizen insecurity, the government of El Salvador implemented a series of ‘zero tolerance’ policies in 2004, known as Mano Dura, or the Iron Fist. However, the gangs are not understood as the product of social and economic factors that leave youth with little opportunity for alternatives to crime.

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Interview: Members of University Front of Roque Dalton from the National University of El Salvador

June 4, 2009 Erica Thompson 0

This is Part Five in a series of interviews with members of the Salvadoran Social movement titled "What We Want: Voices from the Salvadoran Left."

Corporate media’s two-dimensional depiction of Salvadoran youth leads us to believe that most are caught up in a vicious cycle of gang violence; it has failed to convey the full picture, which involves hundreds of youth moving thousands more into political activism and shepherding a new generation of leftist thinkers in El Salvador.

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What We Want: Voices from the Salvadoran Left – Carlos Alarcón

May 14, 2009 Erica Thompson 0

This is Part Four of a Series of Interviews with members of El Salvador’s social movements titled "What We Want: Voices from the Salvadoran Left."

Carlos Alarcón is a public high school history teacher, community activist, and board member of ANDES 21 de Junio.  His work spans three decades of turmoil and uprising in El Salvador – specifically in Santa Ana, the second most populous department in the country, which borders Honduras and Guatemala.

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