Liberation Theology & Mining in El Salvador

Saturday, December 29, 2007


Written by Michael Reid

“Brothers, you are from the same people; you kill your fellow peasant. No soldier is obliged to obey an order that is contrary to the will of God. In the name of God, in the name of the suffering people I ask you, I beg you, I command you… stop the repression.”

These words were spoken by Archbishop Oscar Romero to the soldiers of El Salvador shortly after the beginning of the civil war which spanned form 1979-1990. A short while later Romero was assassinated while delivering a eulogy in a small chapel. He was shot in the heart by a sniper.

However Romero lives on, as a legend in El Salvador. His face can be found spray-painted on the sides of buildings throughout the country, along with those of Farabundo Marti, a popular indigenous activist, and Ché Guevara.

The legacy of liberation theology, which is a union of human-rights activism and faith-based community organizing, constitutes a major presence in Latin America. This form of resistance couples spirituality with politics and reclaims the appropriated figures of Jesus and Mother Mary as revolutionaries, instead of the figureheads of an oppressive institution.

Currently liberation theologists, as well as many other activists, farmers, teachers, and more are struggling in resistance to Pacific Rim Mining Corporation, a Canadian-based corporation that is hoping to mine silver in El Salvador. This would severely pollute the water, forests and soil, displacing communities and making them dependant on foreign sources of lower quality food. But this can be prevented!

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Mullan, D. (Ed.). (2005). The Little Book of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Canada: A Little Book Company.

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