The mayor allegedly attempted to stop the pacific mobilization against the project, carried out without the consent of the indigenous communities living around.
The indigenous group mobilized against the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project in the eastern department of Santa Barbara accused local authorities and the Honduran corporation in charge of the works of violence and attempts to impede their protest planned this Monday.
The people of Lenca, the country's largest indigenous group, had planned a peaceful protest in front of San Francisco de Ojuera City Hall against the works initiated on the river Gualcarque without their consent.
However, officers from the National Police temporarily detained the buses transporting the activists, while bulldozers had “broken” the public roads leading to San Francisco de Ojuera, creating ditches of almost two meters (see photos), claimed the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, known as COPINH, in a statement. MORE>>>