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Presenters: Juan Carlos Jimenez, Megan Cotton-Kinch, organizers in the
Mining Injustice Solidarity Network.
Canadian mining companies are continuing to contaminate water, poison land
and tear apart communities in Central America. In El Salvador, the
government has ruled that metal mining would fatally pollute the rivers
needed for agriculture, but the country itself is now being sued for $77
million under a free trade agreement. In Guatemala, Mayan communities are
fighting back through community-controlled referendums, but face the
imposition of martial law. In Honduras, the Canadian government was one of
the first to legitimize a bloody military coup, which replaced a
left-leaning government with one more friendly to mining interests.
Organizers from Mining Injustice Solidarity Network will present on how
Canada is complicit in intimidation, assassinations, anti-environmental
lawsuits and military coups and how we in Canada can join in solidarity with
the struggle for justice.
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