Berta Caceres, Indigenous Activism: Article Analysis

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Firstly, the article on “Honduras Arrests 4 Men in Killing of Berta Caceres, Indigenous Activist” presents the murder of prestigious Goldman Environment Prize winner Berta Caceres. She was an activist protesting against the construction of the Agua Zarea Dam along the Gaulcarque River. She was fighting for the rights of the Lenca indigenous people’s right because the river was holy to her Lenca people (Malkin, 2016). She was working based on a Human Rights organization of Honduras. The construction company gave many threats and killed other members of that activist organization, but she did not stop her social work to fight against the construction company. On March 3, she was fatally shot in her house in La Esperanza in western Honduras. Secondly, …show more content…
These indigenous people are there from the origination of the Latin American countries, but due to having minority population in a country the indigenous community has gone through several difficulties. The article shows that activist Berta Caceres was fighting for the Indigenous peoples’ rights in the Honduras because the corporation building hydroelectricity is polluting the environment, which would affect the Lenca indigenous people. This is the present situation of Latin American countries; likewise, in the history of Latin American countries, there has been an injustice for the indigenous people of some Latin American countries such as in Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil and Honduras. In the history of Mexico, the indigenous people were forced to assimilate with the rest of Mexicans by the government of Mexico and the government discourages indigenous language and culture. Furthermore, the indigenous community in Mexico severely suffered from government neglect, corruption and repression (Vanden, Prevost, 2015, …show more content…
These kinds of action are almost always happening in Honduras (Vanden, Prevost, 2015, 199). Even during 2013, there was a high level of similar crime, which brought many problems to the election campaign (Vanden, Prevost, 2015, 199). In the context of Mexico, the drug cartels operate many Mexican states (Vanden, Prevost, 2015, 335). They were able to expand their control and operation due to the corrupt police officers, prison guards, politicians and the military (Vanden, Prevost, 2015, 335). The corrupt people have made the government in Mexico very weak and it also has a high volume of violence in the country. According to the Nora Hamilton, “Government efforts to eliminate the cartels have been stymied by corruption at various levels, as well as widespread poverty, which has facilitated recruitment into the cartels” (Vanden, Prevost, 2015, 335). Honduras was under military coup few years ago; therefore, the killing of activist Berta Caceres might carry away by the same coup because she was fighting with the construction company for ten years. There might be some kind of relation between the construction company and the military coup. There is an involvement of two law enforcement agents in the murder of the activist. Moreover, the Honduran government rejected independent investigation and that might tell us that there is also a strong

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