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February 2017 marks the history of Cabañas as Cinquera became the first Municipality in that Department showing interest in holding a mining Consultation. Nevertheless, February 26 will be remembered as the day when Cinquera was declared the First Municipality Free of Metallic Mining in Cabañas and the fifth one in the country after the Municipalities of San José Las Flores (2014), Nueva Trinidad, San Isidro Labrador, and Arcatao (2015).

                                             mining consultation Observers

     International observers witnessed democracy and and transparency during the process.

 

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This morning the Environmental Alliance – made up of 5 environmental coalitions in El Salvador – invited Salvadorans to hear the environmental platforms of candidates to the Legislative Assembly from various political parties.  Of the seven who were invited, only three showed up, a silence that spoke clearly to those present and to the thousands who will watch snippits of the forum on national and local news stations tonight.

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This is the second municipality in the northern department of Chalatenango in El Salvador to call for such a referendum on the issue of mining. In September, San Jose Las Flores declared itself a territory free of mining after 99% of the municipality’s inhabitants voted against mining in their territory. Currently El Salvador awaits the ruling on a lawsuit filed by the mining company Pacific Rim / Oceana Gold, which is being litigated in international courts threatening to sue the country for more than $300 million, arguing that El Salvador would not let the company mine within its territory.

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The International Allies Against Mining in El Salvador call on our friends and allies to support the National Roundtable against Metallic Mining and mining-affected communities in El Salvador to take a stand against Canadian-Australian mining company OceanaGold. 

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by P. Cabezas, originally appears on www.stopesmining.com

Members of the National Roundtable against Mining in El Salvador, La Mesa, announced the presentation of the Pacific Rim-OceanaGold case in this week’s Permanent Peoples' Tribunal held in Geneva, Switzerland.

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