Gunmen murder Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres
Friday, March 4, 2016
Honduran indigenous leader and environmentalist, was murdered in the early hours of yesterday when intruders entered her home in , , in the west of the country. Police cited robbery as the alleged motive for the crime, but the activist's family said she was killed in retaliation for her activities., a
There have been nearly 80 murders of environmental activists in Honduras in recent years, according to remarks to theby a representative of non-governmental organization .
Cáceres served as coordinator of the(COPINH). She had feared for her life, according to her mother, Aura Flores. Flores also reproached the government for not protecting Cáceres. She said the suggestion of the that precautionary measures be taken to look after Cáceres had not been followed.
As a leader of thecommunity, Cáceres was opposed in recent years to different acts related to natural resources affecting Honduran indigenous citizens. One she opposed was the dam of Agua Zarca, a construction affecting the Gualcarque river, considered sacred by the indigenous of the region. With the opposition of Cáceres and the lenca, , one of the biggest hydroelectric enterprises in the world, withdrew from the project, as did the .
Cáceres won thein 2015.
This is a complete or partial translation of the article "La lideresa indígena Berta Cáceres fue asesinada", from the español language Wikinews, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.
|This is a complete or partial translation of the article "La lideresa indígena Berta Cáceres fue asesinada", from the español language Wikinews, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.|
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