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24 hours after the trial against Berta Caceres, leader of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), tens of organizations and nearly a thousand people have sent a petition to the Honduran authorities to demand the case be overturned
Real World Radio interviewed the leader of La Via Campesina in Central America in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he is participating in the peasant movement’s international conference. He said: “Berta is an extraordinary indigenous leader who has been targeted by the Honduran government. She has struggled against dams, she has suffered threats, persecution and was even imprisoned. I think we need to express our solidarity with her. We make a call for solidarity with Berta Caceres to the international community”.
Meanwhile, Wendy Cruz, a Honduran peasant woman activist, also told our special correspondent in Jakarta, Jose Elosegui, that she does not expect much from the judiciary, but she expects “solidarity can help stop violence in Honduras”. She mentioned that tens of peasants have been displaced from Bajo Aguan and are facing similar persecutions.
Honduras’ upcoming elections (on November 24) will be an opportunity for the country to reinstate democracy, although the Honduran social movements fear a new institutional coup, similar to the one that ousted former president José Manuel Zelaya in June of 2009.
There is a cyberaction to demand the Honduran government to protect Berta, her organization and to overturn the trial against her before a court in the town of Santa Barbara.
The World March of Women (WMW), Friends of the Earth International, the Civil Association for Education and Development (ACED), the German human rights group BASTA, the Movement of Dam-Affected People (MAB Brazil), Ecologistas en Accion (Spain), the Central America Women’s Network CAWN (UK), the Convergence of UKUX ABYA YALA Peoples, Nobel Peace Prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, members of Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo (from Argentina), all sent solidarity messages to COPINH y and to the authorities to expose the procedure is illegal.
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