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      Indigenous Struggle against Colonialism

      Berta Cáceres

      Berta Cáceres was a Lenca Indigenous leader in Honduras and co-founder and coordinator of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. A hit squad murdered Berta Cáceres for her work in defense of mother earth and Indigenous rights on March 3, 2016.

      "True movement building happens in the concrete opportunity that struggle and resistance give us. We don’t see it any other way. The moment when we are struggling and resisting is the best opportunity for movement building. I also must say that we find it important to understand both the structural challenge and the vast struggle that means standing before this structural challenge that, in our communities, organizations, and movements, we still don’t fully understand.

      We also have strengths, and one of them is the accumulation of historical, old, ancient resistance that continues to express itself in so many ways. We act historically as Indigenous peoples, as communities, regardless of the borders that have been drawn between us, in the historical solidarity of the Central-American people. This has been shown during the times of armed insurrection, and it’s now showing in the struggle in defense of water, forests, and land. We don’t see this as something that divides us, but as something that unites us, with strategic lines of struggle in our region."

      From her speech at the 7th International Workshop on Emancipatory Paradigms (Havana, Cuba, 2007)

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