On the assassination of Berta Caceres and Nelson Garcia

By ILPS Commission 13

In view of the continuing attacks against environmental activists, the Commission 13 of the International League of Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) condemns in strongest terms the killings of Berta Caceres and Nelson Garcia, both members of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPINH) and staunch defenders of indigenous peoples’ lands and rights against imperialist aggression and plunder.

Nelson Garcia was gunned down less than two weeks after the assassination of Berta Caceres, a 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize awardee. He was brutally shot four times in the face in Rio Chiquito community.

Caceres and Garcia are stalwart community leaders vocally and actively opposed to recent plans to construct the Agua Zarca hydroelectric plant in the Gualcarque river basin. This project is led by Sinohydro, a Chinese state-owned company, and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in collusion with a Honduran company, Desarrollos Energéticos SA (DESA). Communities have been vehemently opposing the project because the river is sacred to the Lenca indigenous people. The heightened resistance of the Honduran people is met by harassment and intimidation by Honduran military forces.

The relentless imperialist plunder of natural resources the world over has not only caused serious environmental disasters. It has also displaced millions of indigenous peoples, peasants and other marginalized sectors of society. Natural resource plunder is the ugly face of our covetous global political and economic system that causes extreme poverty, injustice, human rights violations, and conflicts in many communities across the globe.

The aggressive assault of imperialism against the people will intensify as the global economic and financial crisis is bound to get worse. At the same time, people all over the world will rise in greater numbers against the atrocities, destitution, and environmental destruction caused by imperialist powers and their local reactionaries.

We demand justice for the brutal killings of Berta Caceres and Nelson Garcia. We call for the prompt prosecution of the perpetrators of this atrocious act.

We demand to put and end to militarization and the persecution of environmental activists and defenders worldwide.

We call on our colleagues, allies, and friends to build solidarity with us in aspiring for genuine democracy, national sovereignty and development, social justice, and peace. We on call all anti-imperialist forces worldwide to unite against imperialist offensives to our environment and our people.

JUSTICE FOR THE BRUTAL KILLINGS OF BERTA CACERES AND NELSON GARCIA!
RESIST IMPERIALIST AGGRESSION AND PULL OUT MILITARY FORCES FROM PEOPLES’ LANDS AND HOMES!
NO TO IMPERIALIST PLUNDER AND INJUSTICE!
DOWN WITH IMPERIALISM!
STOP THE AGUA ZARCA DAM!

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