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Honduras: Nelson Garcia, indigenous leader, assassinated reportedly during police eviction of group from occupied land

Nelson Garcia, a member of the same Indigenous rights group as murdered activist Berta Caceres, has been assassinated in Honduras, local media reported Tuesday. Less than two weeks after Caceres was gunned down in her home by unknown assailants, Garcia was killed after being shot four times in the face in the Rio Chiquito community. Both were outspoken members of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous organizations of Honduras (COPINH).Local reports suggest that the assassination happened during an evacuation of occupied land executed by Honduran military police...According to local sources, 20 police officers, 20 soldiers and 20 anti-riot police arrived at 8 a.m. to begin evicting the group.“They said that they would be peaceful and they were not going to throw anyone out of their houses, but at midday they started to tear down the houses, they destroyed the maize, the banana trees and the yuca plantations,” said Tomas Gomez, a COPINH coordinator...Garcia, the father of five children, was the leader of the community sitting in Rio Chiquito...Human and environment rights activists say that they are targeted in violent attacks in Honduras.The assassination of Berta Caceres has put international scrutiny on the Honduran government and supporters of multinational projects in the Central American country.On Monday, activists called on the U.S. Agency for International Development’ to cut support for the Agua Zarca dam project, which was vehemently opposed by Berta Caceres and her community...

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