In September 2013, a Honduran court dictated that widely recognized social movement leader Berta Cáceres, the general coordinator of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Indígenas Populares – COPINH (Civic Council of Popular Indigenous Organisations), be jailed while awaiting trial in a political case aimed at destroying Indigenous resistance to a mega-project being imposed on the Lenca communities of Rio Blanco through military force. Two additional COPINH leaders, Tomas Gomez and Aureliano Molina, are also facing charges. This is part of a growing trend of criminalizing social movement leaders across the country, just two months before Honduras’ elections. Call for freedom for Berta Cáceres, an end to the criminalization of COPINH and other social movements, and withdrawal of the military and police from the Indigenous Lenca communities of Rio Blanco.
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