The Murder of Berta Cáceres

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Berta Cáceres, a Honduran indigenous leader and environmentalist, was murdered on March 3, 2016. Police cited robbery as the alleged motive for the crime, but the activist's family said she was killed in retaliation for her activities. Her mother, Aura Flores, said that Cáceres feared for her life and she reproached the Honduran government for not protecting her.

Cáceres served as coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). She was leader of the Lenca community, an indigenous people of southwestern Honduras and eastern El Salvador. In recent years, Cáceres was opposed to the dam of Agua Zarca, a construction affecting the Gualcarque river, considered sacred by the indigenous people of the region. With the opposition of Cáceres and the Lenca community, the World Bank withdrew from the project.

Cáceres won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015. According to remarks made by a representative of non-governmental organization Global Witness, there have been nearly 80 murders of environmental activists in Honduras in recent years.
  1. Why do police say Cáceres was murdered?

  2. Why is Aura Flores reproachful of the Honduran government?

  3. Why did Cáceres oppose the construction of the Agua Zarca dam?

  4. What is something that Cáceres did NOT protest for?

  5. How many environmental activists have been murdered in Honduras in recent years?

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  1. Do you think the Cáceres murder was for political reasons? Why?

  2. Why do you think there are people against what Cáceres fought for?

  3. What cause or causes would you actively defend?

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