Drug Gang Kills Honduran Environmental Activist

Members of a drug cartel armed with guns and machetes killed a Honduran environmentalist activist in front of his family in the village El Ocotal, located in the central region of the country.

Members of a drug cartel armed with guns and machetes killed a Honduran environmentalist activist in front of his family in the village El Ocotal, located in the central region of the country.

In a Monday statement, the Honduras National Police said that Felix Vasquez was killed by a local drug cartel, representing the latest in a string of similar attacks perpetrated in the country. The police also said in the statement that the killing was currently under investigation.

Vasquez, who is one of the most prominent members of the indigenous Lenca community which lives in the mountainous region near the border with El Salvador, had intended to run for the Honduran Parliament as a member of the opposition LIBRE party in 2021 elections.

According to non-government organization Coalition Against Impunity, he had filed complaints to national authorities starting in 2017 over alleged political persecution due to his work in environmental activism.

“The state is directly responsible for his murder due to its omissions in the face of the serious risks of which it was duly aware,” the Coalition Against Impunity said.


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