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March 6, 2016

Unitierra Oaxaca: Solidarity with Berta Cáceres and Gustavo Castro Soto

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Unitierra Oaxaca: Solidarity with Berta Cáceres and Gustavo Castro Soto



I will return and I will be millions (Tupac Katari)

To the collectives, organizations, and people that struggle in defence of the Earth

To the adherents of the sixth

To the free media

Compañeros and Compañeras,

From the University of the Earth in Oaxaca we unite in the screams of dignified rage and pain over the cowardly assassination of our sister in struggle and resistance, Berta Cáceres, that was carried out March 3 in Honduras by hired assassins defending the interests of the transnational corporations of dispossession.

Berta Cáceres was an indigenous woman defender of the rights of the Lenca people and the campesino movements of Honduras, member of the Coordinación del Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH). Her voice has crossed borders and strengthened the ties of resistance in defence of Mother Earth in Mesoamerica and South America. For her courageous and tireless struggle in defence of the earth, Berta was threatened on multiple occasions and persecuted at the judicial level.

We know that the assassination of Berta is another one of the assassinations of members of COPINH, and one more of the assassinations of the bravest fighters of our time who in different territories have raised their voices in defence of their communities. We are sickened that those of above take the lives from us, those of below.

At the time of the assassination of Berta, our compañero Gustavo Castro Soto was present and injured. Gustavo is also a tireless defender of the earth and territories, from his organization, Otros Mundos Chiapas/ Amigos de La Tierra Mexico, and from his continued effort to mark the struggles in distant territories as a member of the Movimiento Mexicano de Afectados por las Presas y en Defensa de los Ríos (MAPDER), and of the Red de Afectados por la Minería (REMA) and el Movimiento Mesoamericano contra el Modelo Extractivo Minero (M4).

As the Unitierra of Oaxaca, we have collaborated with him in multiple learning sessions with community and student groups, where Gustavo has generously shared his perspectives on dispossession and constructive tools for the defence of the earth. We unite in concern in an alert for his security, as a witness to the assassination, and we demand that he is given all the protection possible.

The struggle of Berta Cáceres will continue living in the pathways of the people and we will continue the tireless search for justice and autonomy.

Stop the Repression!

Justice for Berta Cáceres!

Universidad de la Tierra, Oaxaca


Translated by Palabras Rebeldes


In 2015, Berta Cáceres won the Goldman Environmental Prize. Here is her acceptance speech:



“In our world-view, we are beings who come from the Earth, from the water and from the corn.

The Lenca people are ancestral guardians of the rivers, in turn protected by the spirit of the young girls, who teach us that giving our lives in various ways for the protection of the river is giving our lives for the well-being of humanity and of this planet, walking alongside people struggling for their emancipation validates this commitment to continue protecting our waters, the rivers, our shared resources, and nature in general …

Let us wake up, humankind! We’re out of time. We must shake our conscience free from the rapacious capitalism, racism and patriarchy that will only assure our own self-destruction.

The Gualcarque River has called upon us, as have other gravely threatened rivers. We must answer their call.

Our mother earth, militarized, fenced-in, poisoned, a place where basic rights are systematically violated – demands that we take action.”




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