Berta Cáceres, a prominent Honduran human rights activist, was tragically shot dead at her home in La Esperanza last week.
As human rights activists, indigenous groups, friends and family and Hondurans come to term with the loss of such a driven and dynamic woman, social media too has reacted to Cáceres death.
Under the hashtag #IamBertaCaceres indigenous leaders assembled at the New York based Ford Foundation, created a Facebook set of powerful imagery in support of Cáceres and her legacy.
— Ford Foundation (@FordFoundation) March 5, 2016
Oscar winning activist Leonardo Di Caprio also tweeted his reaction to the news – including a link to the Guardian article on Cáceres’ accomplishments.
Incredibly sad news out of Honduras this morning. We should all honor the brave contributions of Cáceres: https://t.co/vE93t6FpiU
— Leonardo DiCaprio (@LeoDiCaprio) March 3, 2016
In her native Honduras, protestors took to the streets, as students clashed with riot police over the authorities lack of inaction to immediately locate and arrest her killers.
Local and international media also tweeted numerous images from Cáceres’ funeral, as thousands of mourners followed her coffin to show their solidarity, as her coffin was paraded to its final resting place.
— The Tico Times (@TheTicoTimes) March 4, 2016
— Honduras Solidarity (@hondurassol) March 7, 2016
Family fights back
Latin American news outlets have also covered Cáceres’ family members reactions to the tragic news of her death.
“We can’t make accusations without having concrete proof and evidence [as to who was behind her death] instead of making claims which we don’t know for sure,” José Cáceres commented on Honduran debate show 30/30 during an interview with journalist Edgardo Melgar.
“It was Libre (a leftist political party) who used my daughter as a means of proselytism. I felt that they didn’t feel the same pain as I did for my daughter’s death, but they politized her death – in a funeral act – which they carried out across the city,” he added.
Berta Isabel Zúñiga Cáceres, the second of Cáceres four children also spoke out in an interview with Mexican news outlet desInformémonos.
During the interview, the 25-year-old student commented:
My mother’s murder is just one of the many that have been committed during the fight against the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project, and it is the responsibility of the racist and deadly patriarcal capitalist system which affects our continent, found in the mining and hydroelectric sector and most of all includes the exclusion and violation of indigenous rights across the region.
Honduran authorities also came under fire this Sunday after refusing to let Mexican activist Gustavo Castro leave the country. Castro was stopped upon boarding a flight leaving the Tegucigalpa international airport. The Mexican was wounded in the crossfire during the murder of Berta Cáceres.
Castro, director of NGO Otros Mundos Chiapas “continues to remain at great risk,” the organization coommented, adding that the activist was escorted back to the Mexican embassy.
“We still are unsure what his status is or under what conditions he is being detained by Honduran authorities and what the follow-up process will entail,” the NGO said, El Heraldo reported.