El Salvador’s northern territory is rich in natural resources, including large gold desposits which international mining corporations want to exploit. As rural communities and  environmental organizations began to learn more about the negative effects of mining in El Salvador, they started to organize a resistance to the proposed mining projects.  This resistance has been met with violence, including the murder of anti-mining activists.  When the Salvadoran government declared that it would not allow metallic mining in the country, two mining companies filed a lawsuit for millions of dollars against the Salvadoran government under CAFTA provision.

Read more about the effects of mining, repression against the anti-mining movement and the lawsuits against the Salvadoran government:

Mining Fact Sheet, complied by SHARE delegates from St Patrick’s in Seattle, WA

SHARE and the Anti-mining movement

National Working Group Against Metallic Mining

Mining for El Salvador’s Gold–In Washington
by Manuel Perez-Rocha, International Policy Studies

Protests Halt Gold Mining in El Salvador
Al-Jazeera Video Report

The Mysterious Case of Marcelo Rivera
by Cyril Mychalejko, Upside Down World

2007 Mining Update
by SHARE staff

The Victimizer Wants to Punish the Victim–2009
by The National Working Group Against Metallic Mining, Diario CoLatina

Marcelo Rivera Solidarity Letter

Marcelo Rivera funeral reflections
by SHARE staff

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