Honduras: Gunmen Murdered Two Peasant Leaders From Aguán

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Source: Resumen Latinoamericano / Photos: Resumen Latinoamericano /  The Dawn News / October 19, 2016

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Gunmen in motorcycles murdered the President of the Unified Peasant Movement of Aguán (MUCA), José Ángel Flores (35), who was in charge of the organization since January 2015. At the same time, they mortally wounded Silmer Dionisio George (36) from the company located in the La Confianza settlement, in the Tocoa Municipality, Department of Colón.

Peasant leader Silmer Dionisio George was transferred, still alive, to the San Isidro Hospital in Tocoa, but died after being admitted into the hospital.

The event took place at 6:10 pm in front of the local shop in the peasant settlement, after both leaders went out after a meeting with the directive board of the Associate Companies of the La Confianza Settlement, where around 40 peasants were present.

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Yoni Rivas, spokesman of the Regional Agrarian Platform of Aguan expressed that “the gunmen waited for the meeting to end to attack them, and the victims were taken by surprise by the burst of gunfire that rained on them as they were leaving. Flores died immediately and, minutes after, so did Silmer George.

Both peasant leaders were under protection since May 2014 by precautionary measures mandated by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH).

The Unified Peasant Movement of Aguán (MUCA) was born in 2006 and has kept up the struggle to recover the land that had been destined to the Agrarian reform processes in the country, especially in the Aguan Valley.  

José Ángel Flores was the President of The Unified Peasant Movement of Aguán (MUCA), and due to the constant death threats against him, there was a legal order for the state to protect him, but in spite of that, the state forces raided his house in March and he was taken in a patrol, making him look like a criminal all over the City of Tocoa, Colon, Northern Honduras. Flores was attacked by policemen who were seeking to find drugs, he was beaten down and his house was destroyed. So this defender for the right to land and peasant leader, who was 63 year old, was murdered in his community, alogn with  Silmer Dionisio George, who was, was also murdered.

We denounced the murder of the MUCA President and we demand for this crime not to go unpunished. In the Bajo Aguán area over 150 people have been murdered since 2010 in the context of the agrarian conflict, and more than a hundred peasants are protected by precautionary measures issued by the CIDH. But the State does not meet its obligation to protect them, although it’s a militarized area where Human rights and constantly attacked.

 

Leader of Land Movement Murdered in Honduras

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“Comrade Jose Angel Flores was shot dead by four unidentified men when he was leaving a meeting at the collective farm trust,” Bajo Aguan’s Colon spokesperson Yoni Rivas said. He added that another companion, identified as Dionisio Silmer George, was wounded in the same shooting that took place at 6.10 pm local time and died at the hospital of Tocoa, in the same department of Colon. According to Rivas, 64-year-old Flores had been issued a warning by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) on May 8, 2014 that alleged the Honduras government would launch an operation using “military groups and death squads to destabilize the Aguan peasant movement”, which is fighting for land rights amid ongoing large-scale land acquisitions.

 

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