In memory of three activists
There’s a demonstration scheduled for tomorrow at 5:30 PM at the Toronto Stock Exchange in honour of three community organizers in Latin America who have recently been killed in connection to their opposition to Canadian mining companies. The vigil has been organized by Community Solidarity Response Toronto in partnership with Amnesty International. The Facebook listing is here.
From the listing: “The most recently killed activist is Mariano Abarca Roberlo… who was shot by a masked man on a motorcycle on Nov. 27th. Mariano had been a public opponent of the Canadian company Blackfire. Three men linked to Blackfire, including an employee, have been arrested in connection with this crime. In Guatemala On Sept 27th, after illegal evictions of Maya Q’eqchi’ conducted by HudBay minerals, a Canadian company, reports from the community narrate that Adolfo Ich Xaman, a schoolteacher and community leader, went to check if any children were being left behind: he was then beaten by security guards from the mining and taken away into the mining company area where he was shot in the head. In El Salvador, Marcelo Rivera was disappeared on June 18th. Marcelo had been a leading figure in the movement against metal mining in El Salvador, which had succeeded in getting the Salvadorian government not to grant final exploitation licenses to Canadian company Pacific Rim because of the devastating environmental and economic effects (especially on the agricultural sector) that would ensue if mining was permitted . Less than two weeks later his body was found in a 60 foot deep well with clear signs of torture.
“These escalating attacks against defenders of human rights and environmental justice must stop, and they demand a response here in Toronto, the location of the companies that benefit from the violent silencing of their critics.” If you want to be a part of the call for that response, head to the vigil tomorrow, or check out the listing to learn more.
Speaking of local campaigns, have you heard about what’s happening with the Toronto Women’s Bookstore? Also, can you believe that there are only four women’s bookstores in all of Canada? That doesn’t sound right at all.
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