On July 10, friends, family members, and coworkers held a memorial service for social activist Marcelo Rivera of San Isidro, Cabañas, at the Casa de la Cultura where Rivera served as director.
As we wrote previously on this site, Rivera was a well-known activist in the resistance movement against Pacific Rim’s mining projects in the department of Cabañas, as well as a head opposition leader in the denunciation of local election results in San Isidro this past January. He was a member of the Departmental Board of Directors of the FMLN and a Legal Representative of the Association of Friends of San Isidro Cabañas (ASIC).
Rivera mysteriously disappeared on June 18, and his body was found 15 days later at the bottom of a well in San Isidro with evidence of torture. Although the National Police have announced that this murder was carried out by gang members, family and friends reject this explanation.
The Diario Co-Latino reported on July 10 that the Compromise for Peace, Dignity, and Social Justice (CPDJS), the Foundation of Studies for the Application of Rights (FESPAD), the National Table Against Metallic Mining, and the Lutheran Bishop Medardo Gómez have all called for a “professional and effective investigation” by the regional prosecutor of Cabañas.
Many organizations, social activists, and loved ones believe that Rivera’s murder was politically motivated. In any case, it is clear that more investigation is necessary to conclude who is responsible for this tragic murder.