English translation from Ag Missions:
State Crime: the assassination of Berta Cáceres and the participation of the Honduran military.
Sambo Creek, May 11, 2016.
Two months after the assassination of Berta Caceres, the Technical Investigation Agency (ATIC), together with the Special Prosecutor for Crimes against Life, effectuated a series of arrests in the cities of Tegucigalpa, La Ceiba and Trujillo, aimed to arrest the alleged killers of the indigenous leader Berta Cáceres.
Among those implicated are Sergio Rodríguez Orellana, an employee of the Energy Development Company (DESA) and two military, among them Major Mariano Díaz, active member of the Armed Forces who also works as an instructor for the Military Police, entity created by Juan Orlando Hernández- as well as a retired lieutenant.
It seems unlikely the Major Mariano Diaz, considered a consenting (obeying) element within the armed forces, would have participated in the assassination without his superiors being informed. The militarization of Honduras intensified after the coup d’etat, serving as a catalyst for the collapse of the national police, which for the most part turned into a kind of cartel at the service of organized crime. Mr. Juan Hernández took advantage of this crisis to promote the Military Police, which acts as his praetorian guard.
Certainly the progress in the investigations is the result of the international pressure and the direct intervention of the U.S., a country affected by the corruption and institutional collapse in Honduras, promoted by those who have been partners of the empire until now.
The terror narrative imposed in Honduras by those in power has culminated in a series of state crimes ranging from the pillage of the Honduran Social Security Institute, which resulted in a unknown number of victims, all the way to the systematic elimination of minors (youth). The more than 4,000 women assassinated between 2014 and 2015 are part of a policy of extermination that we Honduras are getting used to as if this were part of an aberrant “normality.” At the same time state officials, drunk on power, persist in selling the image of an Immaculate Honduras.
In the supposed war on drugs, the indigenous peoples have been the victims of a farse that culminated in the massacre of Ahuas perpetrated by the DEA and the assassinations committed by the Navy on an Iriona sand bar.
The assassination of Berta Caceres was premeditated with great treachery, and the intellectual authors can be sure that sooner or later their names will rise to the surface, and most probably there will be bankers and government officials involved in the order given to the military killers who participated directly in the homicide.
The state persecution of Berta reached its extreme when they planted a firearm on her, with the objective of criminalizing her, and the state having failed that, opted for her elimination.
In face of the protests of COPINH for the assassination, the violent reaction of the security forces, applauded by the mainstream media and those at the service of Juan Hernandez, is summed up by the comment by Judge Raul Zaffaroni of the Inter American Commission of Human Rights, about crimes committed by governments: “The condemnation of the condemned. This is a neutralizing technique used frequently around state crimes, especially when they are directed againt pacifists, dissidents and political adversaries.”
The assassination of Berta marks the beginning of the fall of the dictatorship, which despite its enormous expense on propaganda, cannot contain the absolute rejection of a country whose children flee in a stampede in the face of the reigning violence, corruption and the barbarity of its government.
Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña, OFRANEH