No to mining! – community referendum in El Salvador
On 29 March 99 % of the local people voted against gold mining in the Community of Nueva Trinidad in El Salvador. This referendum can give further inspiration to other countries to step up against new mining projects harming communities and the environment.
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No to mining 99 % of the voters voted against gold mining in the Community of Nueva Trinidad in El Salvador
Even the exploration causes damages.
Local referenda as instruments for resistance
The voter turnout was 62 % (809 of 1,308 inhabitants). “I gave my vote because I don’t want them to destroy the countryside”, says Rosalina López, an inhabitant of Nueva Trinidad. Representatives of the government have also spoken in favor of the referendum: “It’s a legitimate participation mechanism, in which the majority of the population decides, rather than the interests of a minority”, stated Marcos Rodríguez of the Governmental Office for Citizens’ Participation. Stop Mad Mining: The right of people to say no The referenda in El Salvador could be an inspiration for other countries where mining and environmental conflicts are taking place. The “Stop MadMining” Campaign advocates for the right of communities to clearly say no to mining projects. CRIPDES is committed to this international campaign, because it raises awareness in Europe of the social and environmental impacts of mining and the struggle of the anti mining movement. We congratulate CRIPDES and the community of Nueva Trinidad for the impressive result and wish good luck for the future referenda which will be carried out in the Department of Chalatenango!