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Spain: Greenpeace awards prize to murdered Honduran environmentalist Berta Caceres02:40

Spain: Greenpeace awards prize to murdered Honduran environmentalist Berta Caceres

Spain, Madrid
March 24, 2017 at 12:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

Greenpeace awarded the 'Artemio Precioso' prise to murdered Honduran environmental activist Berta Caceres at a ceremony at Madrid's Casa de America on Friday. Caceres' daughter Laura Zuniga Caceres received the award on behalf of her deceased mother.

Addressing the attendees shortly after receiving the award, Zuniga said, "Today we embrace all those women who have been victims of the militarisation of the state of Honduras, of Honduran society, of persecution, who are classified as terrorists by defending their life and their territories but also the entire planet."

Caceres is believed to have been murdered as a punishment for her campaigning against dams, plantation owners and illegal lumberjacks. Her death came just a week after she was purportedly threatened for voicing opposition to the construction of a new hydroelectric plant by the company Desarrollos Energeticos. Her supporters have demanded revoking the company’s licences and punishing those behind Caceres’ murder.

Caceres was the co-founder of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH). In 2015 she won the Goldman Environmental Prise for her anti-hydroelectric campaign.

Spain: Greenpeace awards prize to murdered Honduran environmentalist Berta Caceres02:40
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Greenpeace awarded the 'Artemio Precioso' prise to murdered Honduran environmental activist Berta Caceres at a ceremony at Madrid's Casa de America on Friday. Caceres' daughter Laura Zuniga Caceres received the award on behalf of her deceased mother.

Addressing the attendees shortly after receiving the award, Zuniga said, "Today we embrace all those women who have been victims of the militarisation of the state of Honduras, of Honduran society, of persecution, who are classified as terrorists by defending their life and their territories but also the entire planet."

Caceres is believed to have been murdered as a punishment for her campaigning against dams, plantation owners and illegal lumberjacks. Her death came just a week after she was purportedly threatened for voicing opposition to the construction of a new hydroelectric plant by the company Desarrollos Energeticos. Her supporters have demanded revoking the company’s licences and punishing those behind Caceres’ murder.

Caceres was the co-founder of the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organisations of Honduras (COPINH). In 2015 she won the Goldman Environmental Prise for her anti-hydroelectric campaign.