Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Attempted Violent Eviction of Campesinos From the Plantation of La Trinidad in Lower Aguan

Authentic Movement for the Revindication of the Campesinos of Aguan(MARCA) were victims of violent actions by the police, army and security guards in an attmept to evict them from the La Trinidad plantation.

As of now the takeover (by the campesinos -translation note) is being maintained. THe opposition of the campesinos impeded the eviction that was tried last night on lands in the possession of Rene Morales; however, we have learned from some communication media and from testimonies we have collected directly from the campesino leaders of this organization that the repressive organs persist in their attempts at displacement by force using heavy caliber weapons (M-60) among others) that have been used in other similar interventions.

The campesinos that initiated the takeover at 7pm on Saturday have been surrounded by the repressive organs of the State and by security guards. The situation is calamatous for the campesinos who denounce that they do not have access to food and water; and they are afraid about what has happened to 9 of their colleagues (8 men and one woman) who at the present are considered to be disappeared.

It is unknown if there is a legal order of eviction and, the most serious thing is once again there is the participation of the military and civilian guards with the the authorization of the police, the only institution (with standing) to intervent in these affairs.

Given the facts it is easy to infer that all the actions of the regimen have the aim of demobilizing the campesino organizations and submitting them to permanently using up all their forces (resources).

There is no information on the part of the INA (National Agraria Institute) about the legal situation of the lands in conflict (any investigation of the successive tract is not known), the legality of claims to the land, and the possession of lands in the hands of a foreigner such as Rene Morales, who according to the Constitution of the Republic cannot own lands less than 40 kilometers from the country's borders or sea coasts that surround us.

A note from the directors of the cooperative of La Trinidad to the Colonel of the 15th Battalion, the Police Commissioner and the General Directorate of Criminal Investigation says that " As you known we have been struggling with legal suits in the courts and tribunals of the country since 1994 against the businessman Rene Morales (Oleoplamas de Centroamerica S.A. de C.V.) who in an illegal and unjust manner dispossessed us of our properties".

That "we have taken possession of our lands but due to the corruption that exists in the tribunals of justice we have been evicted with legal orders that were obtained through prevaricate decision by prosecutors and judges "and that "ultimately you, as police, carry out (15th Battalion), DGIC have lent yourselves to the commission of grave crimes such as the abuse of authority, since without a judicial order you have come to evict us in an illegal manner".

-- From FIAN, International Honduras Section we reiterate that the agrarian conflict will persist as long as the regimen does not make political decisions to resolve the litigation and with that avoid that again the conflict produces the loss of human lives.

Tegucigalpa, May 2, 2011

Translation by VC
(version original en espanol por FIAN haga clic)

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