In March 2017 social movements in El Salvador achieved a major victory - the approval of a complete ban on all metal mining in the country, the first country in the world to do so. This momentous socio-environmental struggle shows us that the powerful don't always win, and that it's possible to win against the strategies of corporations hell bent on expanding their destructive extractive projects. It leaves us with many important lessons for other similar struggles in Latin America and around the word.
As part of our efforts to help document successful campaigns against extractive projects in Latin America, we co-hosted this video conference together with the Institute for Policy Studies - IPS. We sat down with four of the activists at the centre of the international solidarity effort in support of the anti-mining struggle in El Salvador to get their perspectives on what lessons can be learned from this successful campaign to share with other struggles.
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