Urgent Action Needed: Violent Repression Against Campesino Right-To-Land Movement in Honduras

Originally posted on Climate Connections:

The small-farming communities of the fertile valley of Bajo Aguán and the Afro-indigenous Garífuna people of the Northern coast of Honduras have put out urgent calls for international solidarity.

Bajo Aguán: The campesino struggle for land rights against Miguel Facusse’s biofuel empire

In the Bajo Aguán of Honduras, members of small-farmer cooperatives have been peacefully occupying land taken from them by bio-fuel agribusiness. Today, despite constant arrests, assassinations, and threats from the landowners and the government, they have established six settlements where they’re working towards their long-term vision of food sovereignty, liberatory education systems, collectively run media, cooperative businesses, and strong community. But in the past week repression has intensified to a new level.

In a raid by 500 private security guards, Honduran army and police, 34 people have been arrested and 24 more have gone missing in the heart of the land struggle in the Bajo Aguán.

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