Daughter of #BertaCaceres Survives Assassination Attempt

Daughter of murdered Honduran activist Berta Caceres escapes… – Three men carrying machetes approached their car, according to Front Line Defenders, a group which monitors rights activists at risk.

As Caceres and her colleagues sped off, the truck’s driver gave chase trying several times to run their car off the road and over a cliff, the group said.

COPINH members said they believed the attack was related to their work campaigning against mega-projects such as dams and logging on ancestral land owned by the Lenca people who live in a large swathe of southwest Honduras.

Daughter of murdered Honduran activist Berta Caceres escapes attack | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis – Bertha Zuniga Caceres, 26, who has taken on her mother’s work, was travelling in a car on Friday with two other members of the campaign group, Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH), when they encountered a black pick-up truck blocking the road.

Three men carrying machetes approached their car, according to Front Line Defenders, a group which monitors rights activists at risk.

As Caceres and her colleagues sped off, the truck’s driver gave chase trying several times to run their car off the road and over a cliff, the group said.

COPINH members said they believed the attack was related to their work campaigning against mega-projects such as dams and logging on ancestral land owned by the Lenca people who live in a large swathe of southwest Honduras.

Daughter of murdered Honduran activist survives armed attack | Global development | The Guardian – Zuñiga, the second of Cáceres’s four children, was travelling with Sotero Chavarría and Asunción Martíne, who are members of Copinh’s leadership committee.

The group escaped unharmed but the incident has again heightened fears about the violence against human rights defenders in Honduras.

Cáceres was shot dead in her home in March 2016 after years of intimidation and deaths threats linked to her activism. Her friend who was with her during the attack, the Mexican environmentalist Gustavo Castro, survived by pretending to be dead. Cáceres fought to defend the ancestral land rights of the Lenca people from big mining, dam-building and logging projects.

Her murder brought international condemnation, but the violence has continued. Two of her colleagues – Nelson García and Lesbia Urquia – have been murdered since her death; several others have survived assassination attempts.

The latest attack took place around 2.30pm on Friday, not long after the Copinh delegation left Cancire, a small rural community in the Santiago de Puringla municipality of La Paz.

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