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Photos from Toronto’s solidarity action with those murdered for Canadian mines

Placards from demonstration.

Placards from demonstration.

Around 25 people braved the bitter winds of the Toronto’s financial district on Friday in a vigil to protest the killings of three human rights advocates who were killed for speaking out against the unethical practices of Canadian mining companies in Latin America. Mariano Abarca Roberlo of Mexico, Adolfo Ich Xaman of Guatemala, and Marcelo Rivera of El Salvador were all murdered for speaking out against mining practices that displace people, poison rivers, and destroy both agriculture and human health. The three companies that benefit from the silencing of their critics- HudBay and Pacific Rim listed on the Toronto Stock exchange. In the case of Blackfire, three people connected to the company have been arrested in Mexico regarding the murder of Mariano Abarca. Organizations involved in the protest included Community Solidarity Response Toronto and Amnesty International Toronto’s Business and Human Rights group.

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