Berta Caceres, a human rights and environment activist from Honduras, was murdered in her home on Thursday, March 3. Caceres had been awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her opposition to one of Central America’s biggest hydropower projects, four dams in the Gualcarque river basin. The campaign she led held up the project, which is being built by a local firm with the backing of international engineering and finance companies. It also prompted the withdrawal of China’s Sinhydro and the World Bank’s private sector arm, the International Finance Corporation.
In the weeks leading up to the assassination Caceres and other participants were confronted by the army, police, local mayor and employees of the dam company. Between 2010 and 2014, 101 campaigners were killed in Honduras, many from indigenous communities who resisted development projects or the encroachment of farms.
In spite of these murders in nearby Honduras, the peasants in Guatemala continue their march.
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Information adapted from The Guardian, March 3, 2016 and Grassroots International, April 18, 2016.