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Demonstration: Freedom for the Water Defenders

April 27 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join IPS, the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador, the Washington Ethical Society, local Salvadoran community leaders and many more for a demonstration outside the Embassy of El Salvador to call for the immediate release of 5 anti-mining activists from Santa Marta, Cabañas who were arrested on January 11.

This demonstration is part of an International Week of Action (April 22-30) organized by the International Allies against Mining in El Salvador to demand freedom for the Water Defenders from Santa Marta and in defense of El Salvador’s historic mining ban. . Events are being coordinated in El Salvador, the U.S., Canada, Europe and beyond (Read more here)

The Water Defenders were immediately sentenced to a minimum of six months of pre-trial detention on trumped-up charges. Like thousands of other prisoners in El Salvador, they face grave danger of dying or being killed while awaiting an opportunity to prove their innocence. It’s been over a month since their families – or their attorney – have been permitted to see them.

During this International Week of Action, let’s show some much-needed international solidarity to the community of Santa Marta, which was on the forefront of the heroic, grassroots struggle to save El Salvador’s water and become the first country in the world to pass a ban on metallic mining and were among those honored with IPS’ 2009 Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award.

Join our solidarity rally outside the Embassy on Thursday, April 27 at 4:00 pm. Bring a sign if you can (we’ll have some too!)
#SantaMartaNoEstáSola #Libertad

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April 27
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Embassy of El Salvador
1400 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
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