I began writing a eulogy for Berta Isabel Cáceres Flores years ago, though she died only last week. Berta was assassinated by Honduran government-backed death squads on March 3. Like many who knew and worked with her, I was aware that this fighter for indigenous peoples’ power; for control over their own territories; for women’s and LGBTQ rights; for authentic democracy; for the well-being of Pachamama; for an end to tyranny by transnational capital; and for an end to US empire was not destined to die of old age. She spoke too much truth to too much power.
The Popular Democratic People’s Movement [MPDP in the original Haitian Creole] shares its sympathies and solidarity with every person, family, organization, and institution victimized by the huge strike of Hurricane Matthew, especially the region of the Grand South [the South, Nippes, and Grand’Anse provinces] and lower Northwest in the country. MPDP respectfully bows our heads in the presence of the cadavers and disappeared caused by Hurricane Matthew while raising our hands to our heads in horror in the face of the dimensions of the material damage.