It’s been four months since Honduran indigenous environmentalist Berta Cáceres was killed in her home, and protestors continue to demand justice – this time, calling out Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy in the Central American country outside of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
wenty organizations chanted “Berta vive vive, la lucha sigue sigue” on Monday as part of the It Takes Roots to Weather the Storm People’s Caravan demonstration, which started last week at Cleveland’s RNC and traveled to the DNC.
The multiracial group of activists, including Cáceres’ daughter Laura, aims to continue the mission of the late activist, who had criticized the presumptive Democratic nominee for allegedly helping in the 2009 Honduran military coup that is still shaking the country.
“We know both the Republican and Democratic candidates are actually not for our people or needs of our communities,” Kitzia Esteva, an activist with the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, which organized the caravan, told Colorlines. “We’re also denouncing [Clinton’s] intervention in all of this. We’re calling on her to stop creating these policies that are both breaking indigenous communities’ ability to [maintain their] land and also [forcing] migration of many of us here in the U.S.”
The group is demanding justice for Cáceres, particularly an independent international investigation into her murder, calling on Clinton to take responsibility for her role in the coup and making visible the environmental justice and indigenous land rights struggle.
They also support the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act, which would stop U.S. aid to Honduras’ military police.
While the caravan’s last stop is in Philadelphia, the group aims to continue its work.