Tomas Garcia, a leader of the indigenous Lenca community in Honduras has been murdered. Garcia died from a bullet fired by a member of the Honduran armed forces. His son Allan was severly wounded. Radio Resistencia reports:
Allan García, 17 year-old Lenca boy, was checked in to the Santa Barbara hospital this Monday at 1:00pm, injured by the Honduran military in the community of Río Blanco, Intibucá. The medical diagnosis is that a high-caliber bullet went through his thorax and that he requires urgent medical intervention. He was sent via emergency transfer this afternoon to Hospital Mario Rivas in San Pedro Sula. In the same attack, his father —Tomás García Domínguez, Lenca community organizer—was murdered around noon, also by the army which is guarding the DESA Company of the Chinese state firm SYNOHIDRO, which plans to build a dam on the Gualcarque River against the will of the indigenous community.
The dam being built by the Chinese firm is widely opposed by the indigenous people in the area. Honduran Culture and Politics tells us:
That company, SYNOHIDRO, is well known as the contractor for controversial dams proposed on the Patuca River in Olancho, in eastern Honduras, expected to cause major environmental damage in the Rio Platano Biosphere, and protested by indigenous people in eastern Honduras as prejudicial to their livelihoods.
This company, representing global capital in this situation, has paid little regard to the desires of the people of the region. As SOA Watch has stated:
In clear violation of ILO Convention 169 on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Lenca community of Rio Blanco was not consulted on whether they wanted this project or not. And when the Municipal Mayor finally did hold a town hall meeting about the project, he got up and left the meeting when the community voted against the project, refusing to sign the acta in an attempt to invalidate the meeting.
Well, sometimes the multitude decides consulted or not they have something to say. The indigenous people of Honduras have been battling the Empire over this dam ever since the idea came along.
The fight of the Lenca people is part of a much larger struggle against the seizure of indigenous lands by international capital and its state representatives that started over 500 years ago, and continues to this day.
There is a displacement of the population that has traditionally lived on those lands, practically an eviction...DESA [of Honduras] and SINOHYDRO (a transnational Chinese hydroelectric project builder) have exerted brutal pressure against the communities, with maneuvers such as co-opting leaders and the offering of bribes, and on the other hand repression, systematic harassment, and the occupation of the territory by the army, the police and security guards and gang members.
The Rio Blanco case is very important and emblematic because it is a struggle against a very strong transnational power such as SINOHYDRO and it represents the opening of the doors to big capital for the creation of mega projects through the Law of Special Regimes or better known as the Law of Model Cities that gave a chance to not only this transnational, but to large investments in the north.
Because of these facts, it's important to fight against the Agua Zarca project which is the beginning of the plunder and eviction through the Model City projects which is a laboratory for what is being executed in Honduras, within what is perversely known as the Transpacific Treaty.
The Company and the State blame the indigenous for the death. El Heraldo writes:
How many times have we heard such nosnsense, whereby those killed by the Empire are at fault for being killed by the Empire. The Empire, of course, is never responsible and the multitudes are just resisting whatever, I guess, becasue they have nothing better to do.
The following is from Intercontinental Cry.