Statement / The Dawn News / February 26, 2016
Tegucigalpa, Honduras / February 20 and 21, 2016
Reunited in the II Mesoamerican Meeting of articulation of Social Movements towards the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), with the presence of leaders of the national chapters of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Colombia, in view of the current juncture, we declare the following:
– We express our solidarity with Milagro Sala and demand her immediate release. Milagro is a social fighter that has been imprisoned by the right-wing government of Mauricio Macri in the sister Republic of Argentina, as part Macri’s policy of criminalization of social protest.
– We demand that, in the context of the restoration of diplomatic relations with Cuba, the government of the United States of America puts a definitive end to the Economic, Commercial and Financial blockade that it has imposed on this sister nation since 1959. Also, we demand the dismantling of the naval base of Guantanamo and the restitution of this territory to the Cuban government and people.
– We send our support to the Constitutional President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, and his people, who are under permanent aggression of North American imperialism with complicity of the stateless oligarchy, who has waged war against our peoples’ processes of Latin American Unity and struggles for freedom.
– We salute the process of Peace Agreements between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP that are being held in the City of Havana, Cuba, and the dialogues with the ELN, that, we hope, will soon enter the public phase. We especially express our solidarity with the peace processes of different Colombian popular organizations like the Social Roundtable for Peace. We hope that these processes will guarantee the end of armed conflict, the construction of peace with social justice, and the full development of the Colombian people. We also manifest that success in the peace process is the desire of all the peoples of Our America.
– We condemn the systematic repression to which the indigenous Lenca brothers and sisters are being subjected to in the community of San Francisco de Ojuera, Santa Bárbara, Honduras, for defending the Gualcarque river from the intentions of DESA transnational company, which is in a clear violation of agreement no. 169 of the International Labor Organization.
– We condemn the vile assassination of William Juan Mengivar, of the Gregorio Chávez Movement, in Honduras. We also condemn the repression against the people that fight for the right to land ownership and in defense of territory in the mesoamerican region.
– We demand an end to repression and criminalization of defenders of territory and Human Rights in Guatemala; we join the voices that demand freedom of political prisoners and we express our solidarity with Daniel Pascual, leader of the Peasant Committee of Unity, who is facing a judicial process for his role as defender of the rights of indigenous people.
This meeting also agrees on carrying out a Mesoamerican Forum of political, ideological and cultural debate to impulse constituent, indigenous, popular, inclusive and re-foundational processes in the region.
From this mesoamerican instance we move forward in the debate of ideas to prepare for our II Continental Meeting of Social Movements towards the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America.
Another world is possible!
ALBA – Social Movements