New Leader Takes Place of Slain Activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras
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FEATURING TOMÁS GÓMEZ MEMBREÑO AND BEATRIZ CORTEZ – Months after the brutal murder of Honduran indigenous environmental activist Berta Cáceres, a new leader has been chosen to head her organization. The Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. COPINH is a leading force in the Central American nation opposing major development projects like the Agua Zarca hydroelectric dam. Honduras has been plagued by extremely high levels of violence in the wake of a US-backed coup in 2009.
Tomás Gómez Membreño, newly chosen General Coordinator of COPINH, Beatriz Cortez, interpreting for Tomás. She is also a Professor of Central American Studies at California State University, Northridge and a board member of board member of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) in Los Angeles.