STOP FUNDING DEATH PROJECTS ON INDIGENOUS LAND
The family of Berta Càceres, the Civic Council of Grassroots and Indigenous
Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), the Social and Grassroots Movement of
Honduras, and the Berta Caceres Grassroots Campaign gathered in front of the Central
American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) today, 27 days since the malicious
murder of our colleague and sister Berta Isabel Càceres Flores.
We demand that CABEI suspend its funds indefinitely to the Agua Zarca hydropower
project, which has caused community division in the project area and unrest and
violence that claimed the lives of COPINH’s colleagues. We hold CABEI partly
responsible for the murder of comrade Bertha Càceres Flores.
This project, as well as others, under the guise of supporting development actually
engenders bloodshed, because they are promoted with total arrogance, contrivances,
promises and enormous amounts of money to crush the culture, spirituality, social fabric
and cohesion of the community and only benefit transnational corporations and their
For centuries the communities in these areas have been exercising our rights to
autonomy and respecting our connection with the rivers, land, and all living beings. Now
companies like Desarrollos Energeticos S.A. (DESA) accuse community members of
being violent. However, until their arrival, there has not been the kind of murder and
destruction that now leave us in mourning and pain; where there once were promises,
there is now blood.
CABEI cannot claim innocence or deny that these events are directly related to their
business interests and investments. The blood of the people is on their hands. For this
reason, we say that it is time to stop business transaction on this project, which is
certainly generating profits for them. Besides, they will suffer major international
disrepute for being complicit in the death and horrors of this country. Those of you who
belong to these organizations need to be aware that you are part of a chain that unites
us all as humans; and if you believe that you are beyond reach from negative
repercussions as a result of this project, you are mistaken. There is one life, one water,
one land, destroying it is collective suicide.
We want to say to those who fight against “death projects”, such as those that are
funded, that we will denounce at every opportunity CABEI’s interventions and projects so
that the people will not forget, and that Honduras, Berta Càceres, COPINH will be world
assets; so that our fight will be supported by international mobilizations, where millions of
people are watching you and monitoring your actions; so that you are unable to hide the
crime, the lies, the spoils.
To DESA, we say get out from the sacred land of Gualcarque
To all the businesses that destroy our indigenous and black communities in Honduras,
Enough funding of murders in our communities
we say get out
Tegucigalpa, 29 March 2016