Another anti-mining activist killed in El Salvador. Please show your solidarity!
With heavy hearts, we report that Juan Francisco Durán Ayala, anti-mining activist and university student, has been killed. SHARE El Salvador expresses our solidarity with Juan Francisco Durán Ayala’s family, the Cabañas Environmental Committee (CAC), and all those working to defend human rights and prevent metallic mining in El Salvador.
On June 2, in the city of Ilobasco, Cabañas, thirty year-old Juan Francisco Duran Ayala was putting up fliers and banners that asked for the approval of a law against metal mining and for the Canadian mining company Pacific Rim to leave Cabañas as part of a CAC campaign. Juan Francisco Durán was last seen on June 3rd at the Technological University, where he was a model student in his fourth year of studies. His body was found after midnight on June 4th. Despite a missing persons report with a photo and identifying features, the Medical Examiner buried his body in a common grave in a San Salvador cemetery. It was not until 10 days later that members of the CAC discovered that his body had been found. Juan Francisco’s father positively identified his body after it was exhumed.
Juan Francisco was shot twice in the head, execution style. There has yet to be any investigation into his murder. Read More »