Repudiamos el asesinato de José de los Santos Sevilla, indígena tolupan

Tolupan human rights defender José de los Santos Sevilla assassinated in Honduras

Una nueva  tristeza e indignación ronda, ahora para el pueblo Tolupan -ancestrales defensores de la naturaleza en Honduras, al igual que lo hacen muchos de los pueblos indígenas de Latinoamérica-, por el cobarde asesinato del compañero José de los Santos Sevilla, quien fue abatido a tiros supuestamente por cinco sujetos que ingresaron a su domicilio mientras dormía en la Montaña de la Flor, tal y como sucedió con el asesinato de la compañera Berta Cáceres, integrante del COPINH del pueblo indígena Lenca.

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Durante todo su mandato el gobierno golpista encabezado por el presidente Juan Orlando Hernández se ha estado especializando y consolidando como uno de los mayores represor de defensores de la vida, del territorio, de los bienes naturales y de los derechos humanos, dejando claro que desde su gobierno y en colusión con las empresas saqueadoras de los bienes naturales de los hondureños se promueven, avalan y financian amenazas, represiones y asesinatos de quienes se atreven a hacer frente a las políticas neoliberales que fomentan en todo el planeta al Modelo Extractivo Depredador.

Está claro que al gobierno hondureño le tiene sin cuidado la presentación de informes internacionales en donde Honduras es señalado como el país de mayor riesgo en el mundo para los defensores humanos. En todo su mandato ha hecho, y continuará haciendo caso omiso a los señalamientos, recomendaciones y acciones que debería implementar para sacar del país de ese tan desprestigiado primer lugar del mundo.

Desde las y los integrantes del Movimiento Mesoamericano en contra del Modelo Extractivo Minero (M4), nuevamente manifestamos nuestro repudio ante estos actos perpetrados por cobardes gatilleros serviles actores representantes del gobierno y de las corporaciones empresariales que denostan la vida y a como dé lugar pretenden seguir perpetrando la vida de los pueblos y de la naturaleza.

Expresamos nuestra solidaridad y fraternidad en estos momentos difíciles para la familia de José de los Santos.

Refrendamos la razón plena que hay en la histórica lucha emprendida por el pueblo Tolupan para la defensa de la vida, del territorio y de los bienes naturales.

Que la justicia se haga plena, pero que, sobre todo no bajemos la guardia ante estos delincuentes que nos gobiernan, ni menos aún ante la rapiña insaciable de las empresas.

Movimiento Mesoamericano en contra del Modelo Extractivo Minero

YLNM members Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo extractivo Minero (M4) have alerted the network to the fact that Tolupan indigenous leader Jose de Los Santos Sevilla has been assassinated in Honduras. M4 connect José’s murder to the predatory extractivism at work the in Honduras. We join M4 in expressing our solidarity with José’s family at this time.

Originally posted by Telesur. 21/02/2017

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On Friday the mayor of the Honduran coastal town of La Ceiba, Alexander Rodríguez, announced the assassination of the Tolupan Indigenous leader, Jose de Los Santos Sevilla.

Sevilla, who was also a teacher, was attacked and in his home early Friday morning by five heavily armed men, according to local media.

Mayor Rodriguez said that while no motive or suspects have yet been identified, police have launched a full investigation.

The Tolupan are one of the nine major Indigenous groups in Honduras, making up almost 10 percent of the Central American country’s population.

In response to the assassination, the National Commission on Human Rights in Honduras, CONADEH, issued a call for “immediate precautionary” measures for Indigenous leaders in the area.

“We have opened an official investigation and have already spoken with people liked to [Sevilla] and are in contact with the Indigenous community,” said the Commissioner of CONADEH, Roberto Herrera Cáceres in a statement.

He also called on authorities investigate the recent rise in violence and threats in the nearby community of Yerba Buena, which has led to “forcible displacement” of families and many students unable to attend school.

The assassination of Sevilla in La Ceiba comes two weeks after police in that coastal city arrested a suspect in the murder of Lencan Indigenous leader and environmentalist Berta Caceres, who was killed in March of 2016 after years of threats over her successful campaign to stop a hydroelectric project on her traditional territory.

Just last year a report found that Honduras is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for human rights and environmental activists, with targeted violence on the rise after a 2009 coup which led to the militarization of the Honduran state, and an increased dependence on foreign resource extraction corporations.

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