[act-ma] SAT 10/6: NATIONAL DEMO VS. "TERRORISM" CHARGES FOR SALVADORAN WATER ACTIVISTS

shane stewart toastwar at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 18 13:11:16 PDT 2007


PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY!!Please find English-language and Spanish-language flyers for thedemonstration attached.CISPES/SISTER CITIES NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION!DEMONSTRATION AGAINST "TERRORISM" CHARGES FOR EL SALVADOR'S "SUCHITOTO-13" WATER RIGHTS ACTIVISTS Saturday October 6, 1:00pmMaverick Square, East Boston(outside blue line Maverick T station) Come out to defend the right to protest, as activists across the US demandthat the Salvadoran government immediately drop false charges of“terrorism” leveled against 13 anti-water privatization protestors! OnSaturday October 6th, we’ll rally in Maverick Square, East Boston and thendeliver our demands to the Salvadoran Consulate. The following week adelegation of concerned citizens and community organizations will meetwith the Consul General for the Salvadoran government’s response.This action is sponsored by: CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with thePeople of El Salvador), Cambridge-El Salvador Sister Cities, and CentroPresente. For more information, or to get involved in the planning, contact: BostonCISPES 617.576.1709 boscispes at speakeasy.net BACKGROUNDOn July 2nd, 14 people were arrested BEFORE and AFTER a peaceful protestagainst water privatization in Suchitoto, El Salvador. Those arrestedinclude the leadership of the historic Salvadoran rural developmentorganization CRIPDES. Detainees have reported violent police abuse afterthe arrests, including being flown over a lake by police and told theywere going to be dropped in.In a secret tribunal hearing on Saturday July 7, 13 of the 14 arresteeswere charged with terrorism. These 13 were placed under "preventativeprison” as the prosecution continued to build their terrorism case. A fewweeks later the 13 prisoners were released, but these charges of terrorismremain.For more information on the Suchitoto terrorism charges, check out:http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/812/1/http://www.cispes.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=232&Itemid=28

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