The killing of land rights campaigner Berta Caceres has unleashed a wave of activism in support of women and the environment, said friends, colleagues, and family commemorating the first anniversary of the Honduran’s death.
The indigenous activist has become a figurehead for protests in her home country since she was shot and killed on March 3, 2016, after receiving death threats over her opposition to a hydroelectric dam project.
Speaking on the anniversary of her death, Caceres’s mother, Austra Flores, said her daughter’s “horrendous” murder had started a legacy of resistance against enivonmentally destructive developments and violence toward activists.
“The assassins were wrong when they thought they killed her, because she continues to live through millions of young people. She lives from beyond,” Flores told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in an interview at her home.
Caceres won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize in 2015 for leading opposition to the $50 million Agua Zarca dam that threatened to displace hundreds of indigenous people.