Honduran environmentalist murdered, people protest

This video says about itself:

Human Rights Activist Berta Cáceres Murdered In Honduras

3 March 2016

Activist Berta Cáceres was murdered in Honduras last night. She’s spent decades fighting for indigenous communities, against environmental destruction. It was dangerous work that made her a target for death threats.

In this video in Spanish from Honduras, Ms Berta Cáceres accused the right-wing president, Juan Orlando Hernández, president because of a military coup d’etat and accused of corruption, of being a traitor to Honduras.

The Clinton-Backed Honduran Regime Is Picking Off Indigenous Leaders. The names of Berta Cáceres’s murderers are yet unknown. But we know who killed her: here.

Berta Cáceres, Honduran Human Rights Defender, Murdered In Her Home. “They follow me and threaten to kidnap and kill me. They threaten my family. This is what we have to face,” the award-winning activist said last year: here.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In Honduras, hundreds of students are outraged and have taken to the streets after the murder of activist Berta Cáceres. There were hard clashes with riot police, who used tear gas to attack the demonstrators. …

The government is accused of negligence because Cáceres got no protection despite numerous death threats. Yesterday she was shot dead in her home in La Esperanza. The perpetrator is still unknown.

The 40-year-old activist gained national prominence in Honduras by her protest against a big dam. She managed to block the construction of the project by convincing contractors concerned of the negative consequences for the local population and the environment. Cáceres was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize.

5 thoughts on “Honduran environmentalist murdered, people protest

  1. Saturday 5th March 2016

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    Indigenous rights leader shot in own home

    HONDURAN police have made their first arrest over the murder of indigenous people’s campaigner Berta Caceres, they said on Thursday night.

    The co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (COPIHN) was killed at about 1am on Thursday morning at her home in La Esperanza in the western province of Intibuca.

    At least two gunmen broke into her home and shot her four times. Fellow campaigner Gustavo Castro, a Mexican who is director of campaign group Otros Mundos Chiapas, was wounded in the attack.

    Ms Caceres campaigned for the rights of Honduras’s indigenous Lenca people and the mixed-race Garifuna ethnic group.

    She won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize for her work in halting the construction of a dam on the River Gualcarque that would have damaged the Lencas’ ancestral land.

    Recently she had received death threats from police, soldiers and local landowners because of her work.

    Honduran President Juan Hernandez said: “This act has caused mourning among all Hondurans.”

    He added that the authorities were working in “co-ordination with the support of the United States and other countries to find the culprits.”

    But friends and colleagues of Ms Caceres blamed the government for the assassination.

    Dozens protested outside the mortuary where her autopsy was being carried out, carrying banners reading: “No more impunity.”

    Cuban-trained doctor Luther Castillo said that the Garifuna people strongly condemned the “vile murder of our sister Berta Cacaeres.”

    Dr Castillo called the killing “another demonstration of the cowardice of the Honduran state — murdering those who defend with body and soul the rights of the most excluded of this nation.

    “The Honduran state is an assassin state, where there is no justice for the poor, the black and the indigenous,” he said.

    “So they will have to kill all of us,” Dr Castillo tearfully exclaimed.

    Condemnation also came from the European Union and the US, where Democratic Party Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison said: “Berta knew her life was in danger and she fought anyway.”

    Mr Ellison called on Mr Hernandez to co-ordinate a thorough international investigation.

    “The Honduran government must protect people like Berta, who risk their lives fighting for justice every day,” he said.



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