Berta Caseres: Murdered Honduran activist buried

Friends and supporters carry the coffin of slain environmental rights activist Berta Caceres along a street during her funeral in the town of La Esperanza, outside Tegucigalpa

The funeral has taken place of the murdered Honduran indigenous activist, Berta Caceres.

An award-winning environmentalist, she was killed on Thursday by gunmen who broke into her house.Her killing was internationally condemned, with Oscar-winner Leonardo de Caprio tweeting that Mrs Caceres’s work should be honoured.

She had led protests against a hydro-dam project and her son said she was killed for economic reasons. Her family say she had been living with constant and serious threats for months from police, politicians and construction companies.

Thousands of people carried her coffin through her home town of La Esperanza, about 200km (124 miles) from the capital, Tegucigalpa.

A mother of four who would have been 45 on Friday, Berta rose to prominence when she led the fight of the Lenca indigenous people against a hydroelectric dam project that could flood large area of native lands and cut off water supplies to hundreds.

Despite living with constant threats she won the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize, considered the world’s top award for grassroots environmental activism.

-more at BBC


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