Berta Cáceres, Honduran activist, killed [CNN]


An environmental activist in this case and she was protesting against a dam being built there. Pretty bad, it appears greatly unjust. See pictures at link.

Berta Cáceres, Honduran activist, killed

(CNN)Berta Cáceres knew her work was dangerous.

After winning a prestigious international prize for her environmental activism last year, she said indigenous leaders like her were frequent targets. And often, she said, her country’s government was to blame.

“In my organization alone,” she told CNN en Español, “we have 10 people who’ve been killed with total impunity.”

Nearly 10 months later, investigators found Cáceres shot dead inside the home where she lived in La Esperanza, Honduras, about 110 miles west of the country’s capital of Tegucigalpa.

The high-profile killing of one of the country’s most well-known activists drew swift condemnation from government officials.

“The state of Honduras has been directly attacked by the death of Berta Cáceres,” President Juan Orlando Hernández said in a national address. “This is a crime against Honduras, a blow to the Honduran people. It will not go unpunished.”

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She had led protests against a hydro-dam project and her son said she was killed for economic reasons.

Daughter of Honduran activist claims energy company behind murder

One of the daughters of Honduran environmental activist Berta Caceres, an indigenous leader who was killed earlier this week, said Saturday that a Honduran-Chinese joint venture that plans to build a hydroelectric dam was behind her mother’s death.

“This is a political crime. We’ve said it and we vehemently deny that this was a crime of passion,” Olivia Zuniga Caceres told Radio HRN.

The 44-year-old Caceres, leader and co-founder of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, or Copinh, was killed Thursday at her home in the western Honduran town of La Esperanza by two gunmen, according to the preliminary investigation.

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