Eviction in the Garifuna community of Punta Gorda, Roatan

Posted on April 7, 2011


Troops of the Ministry of Security, at the request of the Military Prevention Institute (GPI), are currently carrying out an eviction in the island community of Punta Gorda, Roatan.

More than 40 families are being forcibly evicted, living in the area known as Punta Gorda, located in the community of the same name.

It is outrageous that while the State of Honduras boasts of a policy of inclusion and celebrate with pomp the International Year of African descent, the military ordered the Ministry of Security for an eviction order.

Desalojo del pueblo garifunaWe the Garifuna are experiencing a second expulsion in the Caribbean. In just a few days we will be commemorating, on April 12, the arrival of our people in Honduras, specifically the island of Roatan, after being expelled by the British from the island of San Vicente in 1797.

Territorial pressures are affecting our people, originating from the speculation caused by the tourism industry. Projects such as Banana Coast, Micos Lagoon, to be called a Model City in not a too distant future, have instigated an great eviction in Punta Gorda and in most mainland communities, which are targets for businessmen, politicians and the military which exploit the gaping legal holes in Honduras.

Since the coup of 2009, political pressure has increased on Garifuna land. The eviction in Punta Gorda is part of the “Christian humanism” of the current administration, the club that seeks to impose its vision of “democracy” on minorities associated with the ruling party.

The Garifuna of Punta Gorda, lack a title to their territory, despite of having danced for government authorities in power, during rituals usually held in Punta Gorda on the anniversary of our arrival in Honduras.

How will the Honduran government explain this eviction during the summit they are planning for afrodescendants this August.

Stop the expulsion of the Garifuna people of Honduras.


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