As a historian, and observer of present events in Honduras, the brand new agreement between president Park of South Korea and president Hernandez of Honduras sends off some warning signals in my head. Gonna give some background as to these “warning signals”.
In 2010 in La Tejera, Rio Blanco a concession for a dam, was granted without the permission of the residents of the community. This concession marked the beginning of a long-term struggle which may or may not be on-going. The reason why I say “may or may not” is because there is a subtle… “media blackout” concerning contemporary events in La Tejera. Not many articles are being written, or have been written, about the struggles which the Lenca in the area face. Also worth noting: the primary articles I’ve seen on the topic are in English, not in Spanish. This is fascinating but also similar to trends related to other issues of national interest particularly when they are related to Indigenous people/Indigenous resistance. This is the case with the Garifuna in Trujillo, and the Garifuna who resisted charter city installation in lands that have historically and contemporaneously been settled by the Garifuna themselves. The latest article I’ve seen was in March, and it showed that the struggle was ongoing, with leaders of the indigenous community facing investigation by police and threats by private individuals.
An interesting occurrence in this instance was that the U.S. ambassador in 2013 made a statement concerning the residents of Intibuca and how they’ve peacefully but adamantly resisted. In 2013, on human rights day (which is December 10th), Mrs. Kubiske attempted to demonize the residents of Intibuca stating:
“Human rights are an entitlement to justice. Signatories of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and of other agreements recognized that a person who cannot get justice under the law may feel compelled to take matters into his own hands. This is not right, but we see this happening today in Honduras.
- In Intibuca, some indigenous communities who feel they have not been adequately consulted regarding development on their land set up roadblocks to try to prevent future development.”
In 2010 a struggle for land ownership in the beautiful community of Trujillo kept on occurring between a private Canadian, his allies who include but aren’t limited too: former president Lobo, some Canadian governmental agencies/funds (at least one specific example is the “Canadian Shield Fund”), and local authorities, and his opponents: the local Garifuna community who own some of the land he wants to turn into state of the art luxury hotels and resorts. This is another quiet struggle of which people haven’t been made very aware.
In both cases there was justification, and support from foreign governments.
In both cases there have been instances of bullying, and some form of violence be it physical, political, or economic.
I have stated on other networks that I am quietly optimistic as to nature and execution of the agreement that president Park and president Hernandez reached concerning energy. I am honest when it comes my statements. However I also know that the South Korean government was one of the governments that was and seemingly is eager to see the implementation of charter cities in Honduras, an issue that has been notoriously debated, and one with a background of violence.
So it is in moments like this that I find myself wondering as to what is the thin line between paranoia, and memory. Because I feel like I am crossing it, on some level.
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