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The murder of the environmental activist and indigenous leader Berta Cáceres in Honduras in March came as a shock.
Audio recorded by Warwick Fry (Latin Radical), June 9, 2016, in the office of OFRANEH in Sambo Creek, during a Rights Action / Mir Peace Centre delegation to Honduras, June 4-12, 2016. Translation to english by Grahame Russell of Rights Action.
All respect for the tireless and courageous Guatemalan victims’ groups, human rights organizations and lawyers and activists. As these precedent-setting trials continue against a few of the “intellectual authors” of the genocides and war crimes in Guatemala
[... but no end to economic, political, military relations with regime!]
On July 6, 2016, the body of Lesbia Janeth Urquía Urquía was found stabbed to death, dumped at a place called “Mata Mulas” (Kills Mules) by the Marcala municipal dump, in the western department of la Paz. Lesbia was at the forefront of a community struggle to oppose the illegal imposition of a privatized hydro-electric dam project along the Chinacla river in Marcalas, La Paz.
A terrible accident has taken the life of 9 year-old Alma Yesenia Uscap Osorio and her mother, Isabel Osorio Tum, in the village of Rio Negro, Baja Verapaz, Guatemala. But it is no accident that another brutal death has occurred in one of the most long suffering communities in Guatemala.
A second meeting took place in Honduras on June 27 between the Azacualpa Environmental Committee and the Canadian mining company Aura Minerals. This meeting followed upon the “forced agreement” of June 7, and was marked by similar levels of pressure and intimidation as the June 7 meeting.
Today marks seven years of U.S.- and Canadian-backed military coup-ism in Honduras … and counting. There is no end in sight to Honduras’ utterly distressing situation of government repression, widespread societal violence and murder, economic exploitation and deep poverty, racism, gender-based violence, all made worse by the U.S. “war on drugs”, all glued together by corruption, impunity and a fundamental lack of democracy.
June 27 marks the anniversary of the 1954 CIA coup that toppled Guatemala's only democratic government, resulting in decades of conflict and genocide. What a dismal anniversary. So much death and destruction to lament. And so much ongoing death and destruction linked to the 1954 coup.