Biofuel Land Conflicts
On August 6, the RSPO (www.rspo.org) is holding the 4th international palm oil conference in Honduras. (Conference website: http://rspo2013.com/). One event sponsor is the Dinant Corporation, controlled by Miguel Facusse, the largest landowner in Honduras. Facusse was a major supporter of the June 2009 military coup in Honduras, has been linked to narco-trafficking, and, since June 2009, has been linked to the targeted killing of over 100 campesinos in the northern “Aguan” palm producing region.
A comprehensive article, by Annie Bird, about the intersection between “development” projects funded by the World Bank, and repression carried out by U.S.-supported regimes - and directly by U.S. military involvement - in Guatemala and Honduras.
New Wikileaks cables now reveal that the US embassy in Honduras—and therefore the State Department—has known since 2004 that Miguel Facussé is a cocaine importer. US “drug war” funds and training, in other words, are being used to support a known drug trafficker’s war against campesinos.
Rigores Community attacked and burned to the ground, to make way for production of African palm and sugar cane, for diesel bio-fuel production
4 Campesinos Killed, August 20th and 21st, Following on Massacre of 11 People, August 14th and 15th