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Puerto Rico: Oscar López Rivera Joins Protests Against Toxic Coal Ash Dumping

HeadlineJul 17, 2017
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In Puerto Rico, recently freed political prisoner Oscar López Rivera has joined the fight against the dumping of toxic coal ash in Peñuelas, calling on fellow Puerto Ricans to join the growing civil disobedience protests. In recent days, hundreds of police have raided and dismantled a resistance camp near the dumping site, arresting longtime community leaders, many of whom are senior citizens. Coal ash is a highly toxic mix of arsenic, mercury, lead and other heavy metals, which can contaminate nearby air and drinking water, causing cancer, lung disease, developmental delays, birth defects, and impaired bone growth in children.

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