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Environmental Activist Carlos Cerros Assassinated in Honduras

Indigenous environmental activist Carlos Cerros has been killed in the city of San Antonio, Honduras.

Cerros was a representative of the Indigenous Lenca people and headed the local advocacy group, United Communities.

Cerros had actively campaigned against a hydroelectric power station in Rio Ulúa which was situated in the region.

Cerros was gunned down in front of his family while they were standing in front of a church in the town of Nueva Granada.

National Police Inspector Juan Sabillón said only one suspect had been detained in connection with Cerros’ killing but did not say what was the motive.

Sabillon said that other suspects are still being investigated and questioned.

Advocacy group Global Witness said that 14 land and environmental defenders killed last year in Honduras.

“We condemn the killing of yet another comrade and activist. It is not conceivable, it is not right, that they criminalize people, persecute people and later kill them for defending the land. We consider this a political assassination,” said Betty Vásquez, the coordinator of the Santa Barbara Environmental Movement.

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