Jul 12, 2011

Globalization: Bulldozing Democracy One FTA at a Time

From Public Citizen 'Eyes on Trade' blog

Eyes on Trade: Bulldozing Democracy One FTA at a Time:The vicious murder of university student and environmental activist Juan Francisco Duran Ayala earlier this month has stunned community members in the Cabanas region of El Salvador and beyond. Ayala is the fourth anti-mining activist from the Cabanas region to be killed in the past two years as growing community opposition to gold mining projects has been met with violence. Community groups, international NGOs and political leaders are calling for a thorough investigation into the material and intellectual authors of these murders.

This recent tragedy has brought renewed attention to the local conflicts erupting throughout Latin America from Peru to Mexico - regarding oil, mineral and gas extraction projects and their effects on the local environment.

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