March 2016 brought a sad loss to women all over the world. Bertha Caceres, an environmetalist from Honduras was murdered in her own home, dying on the arms of Gustavo Castro Soto, coordinator of Otros Mundos Chiapas /Friends of the Earth Mexico, coordinator of the Mesoamerican Movement against the Extractive Mining Model (M4), and co-founder and board member of Other Worlds. According to "Democracy Now" - "He was immediately detained in physically and psychologically inhumane conditions by the Honduran government, and held for several days for "questioning." The subsequent days have resembled a bad spy movie, with Gustavo finally given permission to leave the country, only to be seized at the migration checkpoint at the airport by Honduran authorities, then placed into protective custody in the Mexican Embassy, only to be handed back to Hondurans, who took him back to the town of La Esperanza again for "questioning." The Honduran government has just said that Gustavo must stay in Honduras for 30 days. He is being "protected" by the Tigers, vicious US-funded and -trained "special forces." .
Last tuesday, less than two weeks after the killing of Berta Cáceres, the activist Nelson García was also shot to death after returning home from helping indigenous people who had been displaced in a mass eviction by Honduran security forces.
According to "Democracy Now" - "In 1993, Berta – a Lenca Native – cofounded the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). At that time in the country, there was little pride and even less power in being indigenous. Berta created COPINH to build the political strength of Lencas, campesinos, and other grassroots sectors to transform one of the most corrupt, anti-democratic, and unequal societies in the hemisphere".
March is Women's History Month, make history demand justice !