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“THE PEOPLES OF ¡BERTA VIVE!” INTERNATIONAL GATHERING: CÁCERES LIVES ON, AND SO DOES VIOLENCE BY HONDURAN GOVERNMENT AND DAM COMPANY

April 19, 2016

By Beverly Bell

"The Peoples of Berta Caceres" march to the Gualcarque River, April 15, 2016. Photo: Maggie Padlewska.

Fifteen hundred people from at least 22 countries convened in Honduras from April 13-15, 2016 for the “Peoples of ¡Berta Vive!” International Gathering. They came to honor slain global movement leader Berta Cáceres and to commit themselves to keeping her legacy alive.

Members of the international gathering also experienced the violence of the Honduran government and Desarrollos Energéticos S.A. - DESA, the foreign-backed company illegally constructing a dam on the indigenous ancestral Gualcarque River - which shadowed Berta throughout her final years and ended her life this past March 2.

"We are going to bring Berta’s legacy to life" - Berta Cáceres Lives Honduran Popular Alliance

April 11, 2016

Berta Cáceres Lives Honduran Popular Alliance moves towards unity and sets an agenda of struggle 

[Original en Español]

Reposted from Honduras Resists

By Giorgio Trucchi

April 10, 2016

Tegucigalpa, Honduras April 9th, 2016 Photo by Giorgio Trucchi

In a packed room, grassroots social movements who make up the Berta Cáceres Popular Alliance met this April 9th to initiate a path towards unity, towards building principles to guide an agenda of struggle by organized sectors of the Honduran people.

Justice for Farmers of Kidapawan and Other Victims of State Repression in the Philippines!

April 7, 2016

Reposted from Pesticide Action Network - Asia and the Pacific 

Published April 4, 2016

The People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS) are asking different organizations to kindly add their support to the farmers in Kidapawan, Philippines by adding their organizations name below as signatory to the statement. The farmers were asking for food relief and calamity funds when the police authorities open fire at them killing 3 farmers, 116 injured, 89 missing, and 2 tortured.

Gustavo Castro: Why Do the Killers of Berta Cáceres Want Him Imprisoned or Dead?

March 31, 2016

By Beverly Bell

Photo Credit: Otros Mundos.

International pressure is rising for the immediate and safe return to Mexico of Gustavo Castro Soto, activist, writer, and director of Otros Mundos/Friends of the Earth Mexico. The sole witness to the March 3 assassination of Honduran environment and democracy leader Berta Cáceres faces great danger on Honduran soil. The wounded Gustavo remains a prisoner of the state, illegally forbidden from leaving the country until April 6.

Development banks need to wake up to the human rights crisis in Honduras

March 24, 2016

Reposted from the Guardian

Originally Shared on March 20, 2016

By Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein

The murder of activists opposed to the Agua Zarca dam project is a powerful reminder that financiers must take responsibility for safeguarding local people

Shortly after midnight on 3 March, Berta Cáceres was murdered by gunmenin her brother’s home. Cáceres was a woman of rare courage and principle, leader of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (Copinh), winner of the 2015 Goldman environmental prize, and led the resistance against the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque river. The dam, which is reportedly being constructed without the consent of indigenous communities, threatens to disrupt their livelihoods and access to water.

Gustavo Castro Soto's Message to the People of Honduras

March 24, 2016

[Español Abajo]

Tegucigalpa, Honduras

March 15, 2016

To the Honduran people:

I don't know if you'll ever receive these lines I'm writing to you.

I came to Honduras with so much hope. I hadn´t been here in years, but I'm grateful that Berta invited me. My beloved friend for so many years, her and her family. Despite all what I´ve been through, I don't regret coming or having been chosen by fate to say goodbye to my dear friend.

INTERVIEW WITH BERTA CÁCERES: “TO FIGHT AGAINST REPRESSION IN HONDURAS IS TO FIGHT FOR OUR WHOLE CONTINENT”

March 23, 2016

By Beverly Bell

Photo credit: Roger Harris.

Below is a never-before-published interview with international social movement leader and Honduran indigenous organizer Berta Cáceres, who was assassinated on March 3, 2016. The interview was taken in Havana on September 4, 2009, two months after Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown in a US-backed coup d’état, while the unelected regime was still on a rampage to destroy resistance and the activists behind it. Cáceres’ murder has brought the overthrow of the last legitimately elected government to rule that country back into the global spotlight, because that overthrow laid the groundwork for the repression that now engulfs grassroots justice movements.

Cáceres’ message in the interview was clear: Pay attention. Stand up with and for us. Our fates are connected, and what happens to us can happen to you.

“What’s past is prologue,” Shakespeare said. Today, an unelected regime is again attempting to destroy resistance and the activists behind it. Berta’s message is as relevant to the Americas and the US now as then.

Gustavo Castro Soto and the Rigged Investigation into Berta Cáceres’ Assassination

March 21, 2016

By Beverly Bell

Gustavo Castro Soto, imperiled in Honduras. Photo by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, 2014

The sole eyewitness to Honduran social movement leader Berta Cáceres’ assassination on March 3, 2016 has gone from being wounded victim to, effectively, political prisoner.

Now Gustavo Castro Soto may also be framed as the murderer of his long-time friend.

Update from COPINH on the Assassination of Nelson García & Tuesday's Violent Evictions in Río Chiquito: "Enough is Enough!"

March 17, 2016

Repost from COPINH

March 15, 2016

[Para leer en español, haga clic aquí]

Enough is Enough!

The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras [COPINH] makes known to public opinion today’s assassination of our comrade Nelson García, of the community of Río Chiquito in the department of Cortés, at the hands of two unknown assailants.

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