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Murdered activist laid to rest in Honduras

Sunday, March 06, 2016 - 01:13

Thousands bid a tearful goodbye to Honduran environmental and indigenous rights activist Berta Caceres, and demand justice for her murder. Diane Hodges reports.

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Crowds filled the street in this town in western Honduras, to bid farewell to activist Berta Caceres. The 43-year-old teacher was known for her work keeping hydroelectric plants and mines from encroaching on indigenous lands. She had received death threats for her work, and had asked unsuccessfully for government protection. But was shot dead last Thursday in an apparent robbery at her home. (NAT SOUND OF CHANTING) Supporters called on the government to find and punish her killers, calls that were echoed by her daughter, Laura Zuniga. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LAURA ZUNIGA, BERTA CACERES' DAUGHTER, SAYING: "Every day, fighters are being murdered and the murder of our mother, an internationally recognized and award-winning activist, is proof that they will continue. We want this to be the last time that we ask for justice for a fighter." Caceres' death spotlights the country's murder rate, which is one of the highest in the world. Fellow activists say the violence is made possible by government corruption. Caceres' supporters say Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez has turned a blind eye to that corruption, and they're calling for his resignation.

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Murdered activist laid to rest in Honduras

Sunday, March 06, 2016 - 01:13