- Published on Thursday, 11 September 2014 15:42
Dismantle Corporate Power and End Impunity
Philippine groups express solidarity to people of El Salvador in fight against mining giant Oceana Gold/Pacific Rim Mining Corporation
Alyansa Tigil Mina (Alliance against Mining-Philippines), Lilak (Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights), Focus on the Global South and the EU-ASEAN FTA Campaign Network denounce the bullying of El Salvador by corporate mining giant Oceana Gold/Pacific Rim. We stand in solidarity with the people of El Salvador struggling to push back the large-scale plunder of their gold and natural resources perpetrated by mining corporations.
- Published on Thursday, 11 September 2014 08:07
Fist published in: https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/57280
People gathered outside the World Bank office in Sydney on September 5 to protest the bank’s involvement in an Australian mining company’s attempt to sue the government of El Salvador for US$301 million.
Pacific Rim, a Canadian company that was bought by Australian OceanaGold last year, applied to mine gold in northern El Salvador in 2004. The Salvadoran government refused it permission, arguing the company did not own or have rights to the land it proposed to mine, it did not have environmental permissions and it did not submit a final feasibility study for the project.
- Published on Thursday, 11 September 2014 07:55
First published in: http://www.miningnews.net/storyview.asp?storyid=824242341#
The Maritime Union of Australia is joining a global day of action today, opposing OceanaGold’s continued legal action against the El Salvador government.
The nation is being sued in a World Bank tribunal after it failed to grant a mining permit to OceanaGold subsidiary Pacific Rim.
Protesters usually gather at OceanaGold’s Melbourne office on the last Friday of every month but this new action is part of a number of demonstrations around Australia and the world.
MUA Victoria branch secretary Kevin Bracken said the company was attempting to bully El Salvador into granting a licence.
“The Salvadorian people have spoken and they have chosen clean water for their children over the short-term and limited benefits of a gold mine,” he said.
“OceanaGold should respect that choice and immediately drop the suit.”