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