Lenny Bruce often said that the only obscene four-letter word he knew was D-e-a-d. In this case I entirely agree with him; Berta’s assassination was an obscenity in a long line of them in Honduras, and among Indigenous land defenders around the world. Given that truth, I decided to show her to you in her coffin, bless her wonderful, courageous heart.
Rest in Power, Berta Cáceres. Your martyrdom will soon become epic to the cause.
““Hondurans are being shot dead in broad daylight, kidnapped, or assaulted for standing in the way of their land and the companies who want to monetise it,” said Billy Kyte, campaigner at Global Witness. “These are not isolated incidents – they are symptomatic of a systematic assault on remote and indigenous communities by a collusion of state and corporate actors. Urgent action is needed to protect those in the firing line, and bring perpetrators to justice.”
‘Assassination of Berta Caceres Sparks Outrage in Honduras’, Telesurtv.net, (includes a photo array)
“Renowned Honduran environmental activist and Indigenous leader Berta Caceres was assassinated March 3, 2015 when gunmen broke into her home at 1:00 a.m. local time after she had gone to sleep. Her murder has sent shockwaves across Honduras, where she was a key figure in the national resistance movement as well as local struggles in the Rio Blanco community through the Indigenous organization she founded known as COPINH. Caceres had received a barrage of death threats, threats of kidnapping, sexual harassment, and threats against her family as a result of her resistance against unwanted corporate development projects in the community and against the injustices of the Honduran government. According to Global Witness, Honduras is the most deadly country in the world for land and environmental defenders.”
Greg Grandin doesn’t mince his words in: ‘The Clinton-Backed Honduran Regime Is Picking Off Indigenous Leaders’; The names of Berta Cáceres’s murderers are yet unknown. But we know who killed her.
“Hillary Clinton will be good for women. Ask Berta Cáceres. But you can’t. She’s dead. Gunned down yesterday, March 2, at midnight, in her hometown of La Esperanza, Intibuca, in Honduras.
Cáceres was a vocal and brave indigenous leader, an opponent of the 2009 Honduran coup that Hillary Clinton, as secretary of state, made possible. In The Nation, Dana Frank and I covered that coup as it unfolded. Later, as Clinton’s emails were released, others, such as Robert Naiman, Mark Weisbrot, and Alex Main, revealed the central role she played in undercutting Manuel Zelaya, the deposed president, and undercutting the opposition movement demanding his restoration. In so doing, Clinton allied with the worst sectors of Honduran society. [snip]
“Since Zelaya’s ouster, there’s been an all-out assault on these decent people—torture, murder, militarization of the countryside, repressive laws, such as the absolute ban on the morning-after pill, the rise of paramilitary security forces, and the wholesale deliverance of the country’s land and resources to transnational pillagers. That’s not to mention libertarian fantasies, promoted by billionaires such as PayPal’s Peter Thiel and Milton Friedman’s grandson (can’t make this shit up), of turning the country into some kind of Year-Zero stateless utopia. (Watch this excellent documentary by Jesse Freeston on La Resistencia: The Fight for the Aguán Valley.)
“Such is the nature of the “unity government” Clinton helped institutionalize. In her book, Hard Choices, Clinton holds up her Honduran settlement as a proud example of her trademark clear-eyed, “pragmatic” foreign policy approach.”
New from TRNN: ‘Jesse Freeston, the director of the documentary “Resistencia,” tells us how Berta Caceres has become a martyr in the struggle against the Honduran post-coup regime and how the Obama administration bears responsibility for the current situation in Honduras.
Mark Weisbrot’s 2014 essay that Grandin linked to above is breath-taking: “Hard choices: Hillary Clinton admits role in Honduran coup aftermath”; ‘Clinton’s embrace of far-right narrative on Latin America is part of electoral strategy’
“First, the confession: Clinton admits that she used the power of her office to make sure that Zelaya would not return to office. “In the subsequent days [after the coup] I spoke with my counterparts around the hemisphere, including Secretary [Patricia] Espinosa in Mexico,” Clinton writes. “We strategized on a plan to restore order in Honduras and ensure that free and fair elections could be held quickly and legitimately, which would render the question of Zelaya moot.”
(Irrefutable proof, contra several comments below the Tweet.)
Related: ‘F*cking the Haitian 99%: Another Clinton Family Project’, Café Babylon
In other Imperial asshattery news:
For Berta and all First Americans, aboriginals, and allies anywhere who fight for justice for all, including this once-beautiful big blue-green ball of a planet, Xavier Rudd says it right:
Keep fighting for your culture,
now keep fighting for your land
I know its been thousands of years and
i feel your hurt and i know its wrong and
you feel youve been chained and broken and burned
and those beautiful old people
those wise old souls have been ground down
for far too long by that spineless
man that greedy man that hearless
man deceiving man government hand taking blood
and land taking blood and land and still
they can but your dreaming and your
warrior spirit lives on and it is so so so strong
in the earth in the trees in the rocks in the water
in your blood and in the air we breathe…