HONDURAS Documentary Film: "LOWER AGUAN RIVER VALLEY: The Clamor for Land"
2013 is a crucial year in Honduras' future as a society and State. There will be elections in November 2013. Will the elections be in any way free and fair? With little doubt, the new LIBRE Party (Freedom and Refoundation Party) -- that has grown out of the people's pro-democracy movement in opposition to the post-June 2009 military coup, and to the military-backed regime that has rule Honduras since then -- would win elections that are actually free and fair.
However, since the June 28, 2009, military coup, Honduras has become the most violent and arguably the most repressive country in the Americas. The levels of State repression today are similar to the years of U.S.-backed military repression in the 1980s. Being targeted for repression, now, are people associated with the pro-democracy "National Resistance Front" and, more recently, with the newly formed LIBRE party.
"LOWER AGUAN RIVER VALLEY: The Clamor for Land"
One of the most repressive and violent regions of Honduras, since the 2009 coup, is the Lower Aguan river region of northern Honduras, where the country's largest and wealthiest land-owner, Miguel Facusse (also a direct supporter of the 2009 military coup), is using extreme levels of repression - often supported by the military and police - to forcibly and illegally evict campesino communities from their lands, so as to increase his cultivation of African Palm trees and sugar-cane for the production and sale of "green energy" (bio-diesel and ethanol fuels) to global energy markets. Over 80 campesinos have been assassinated in this region alone.
HONDURAS TURNS DEADLY
(25 minutes, December 15, 2011, by Al Jazeera's Inside Story)
The Inside Story tries to contextualize the violence in Honduras, featuring Annie Bird and Rodolfo Pastor, as well as VisionAmericas lobbyist Jose Cardenas. Honduras has the highest per capita murder rate in the world and is one of the deadliest countries for journalists following the 2009 military coup d'etat.
REPORT FROM LAND OCCUPATIONS IN POST-COUP HONDURAS
(9:45 minutes, March 31, 2011, by The Real News)
Poor farmers are taking land from agribusiness that supported the 2009 military coup - and paying with their lives
HONDURAN POLICE BURN COMMUNITY TO THE GROUND
(8:40 minute, July 31, 2011, by The Real News)
Homes, churches, schools, and crops all destroyed as the post-coup government continues to side with wealthy plantation owners over the country's organized farmers
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