Over 185 days have passed in which the Lenca indigenous communities of the Rio Blanco region of Intibuca, Honduras have blocked an access road built into the intended construction site for the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam on the Gualcarque River. Desarrollos Energeticos, SA (DESA), plans to build the dam, and is pushing the project through with violence and intimidation, while attempting to criminalize land rights defenders with baseless charges.
A new year in Guatemala ; same problems of violence, repression and impunity related to mining. The first two weeks of January witnessed outbreaks of violent protests and attacks at three mining operations. Dozens have been wounded; at least 3 people have been killed.
A documentary by Alba sud and Rel-UITA about the land conflict in Bajo Aguán, Honduras. Duration: 30 minutes, in spanish with english sub-titles.
Article by OFRANEH , the Fraternal Organization of Black and Garifuna Peoples
This is and remains a people's struggle in Honduras and also in the USA and Canada, given the terrible role of our governments and certain business and investors interests (mining, sweatshops, tourism, etc)
After the Army massacre, president (and former army general) Otto Pérez Molina said: "We ask the people for a return to peace, or we will impose the peace." Guatemalan Foreign Minister Harold Caballeros said: "[The killing of 8 people] is not something that we should make a big deal about."