sábado, 11 de marzo de 2017

Planting Berta: A year of impunity, a life of rebellion and the roots of a new world

Reflections by Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle, La Voz de los de Abajo
“They tried to bury us, they didn’t know that we are seeds.”
            -Latin American proverb

March 1st-4th, 2017

Tegucigalpa, La Esperanza and Río Blanco, Honduras

Drums rumbled, shakers rattled and copal incense smoke swirled through the air as thousands of black and brown bodies flooded the streets of Honduras’s capital one year after the assassination of indigenous leader Berta 
Cáceres. The pain and persistence of a people, of many peoples, and of the planet they protect, were on full display. “Your bullets can’t kill our dreams,” read one banner. “Wake up humanity, time is running out,” Berta’s famous words, screamed out from another banner. Thousands of people showed up in open defiance of a new “anti-terrorism” law criminalizing public protest, pushed through by the U.S.-backed Honduran dictatorship just in time for the one year anniversary of Berta’s assassination. The march poured out of the STIBYS bottle workers union headquarters, a key site of the Honduran resistance movement following the 2009 military coup, and took over one of the main thoroughfares of the mountainous Honduran capital. Supporters from around the country and world, including La Voz de los de Abajo’s a delegation from Chicago of youth, nurses, unionists, and other solidarity activists, accompanied thousands of people from all of Honduras’s indigenous nations to make clear that one year after the assassination, as the chant goes, “Berta hasn’t died, she’s multiplied.”   LEER TODO>>>