Honduras Arrests Suspect in Murder of Environmental Activist Nelson Garcia

Honduras has arrested a suspect in the murder of an environmental rights activist and colleague of recently slain award-winning indigenous leader Berta Caceres.

Suspect in Murder of Honduras Environmental Activist Nelson Garcia Arrested

Suspect in Murder of Honduras Environmental Activist Nelson Garcia Arrested

Didier Enrique “Electric” Ramirez was apprehended for his alleged role in the killing of Nelson Garcia, 39, who was shot dead earlier this month by at least two assailants following a dispute with local landowners, authorities said in a statement.

Garcia was killed near his house in the San Francisco de Yojoa region, 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of the capital Tegucigalpa.

Caceres, a 43-year-old teacher, was shot and killed earlier this month by two men at her home in La Esperanza, Honduras, 112 miles (180 kilometers) west of Tegucigalpa.


An Indigenous man holds a Honduran national flag during a march to demand justice for slain environmental rights activists Berta Cáceres and Nelson García in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 16, 2016.
(Photo: Reuters/Jorge Cabrera)

Garcia was a member of the Consejo de Organizaciones Populares e Indigenas de Honduras (COPINH), the same organization that Caceres led until her death.

Caceres, who had received death threats, won the Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015 for her efforts to prevent the construction of a $50 million dam that threatened to displace hundreds of indigenous people.

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