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Leader of Unified Campesino Movement of Aguan Murdered in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA – The president of the Unified Campesino Movement of Aguan (MUCA), Jose Angel Flores, was killed on Wednesday in the northern Honduran department of Colon, a spokesman for the organization told EFE.

“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 p.m. local time and died at the hospital of Tocoa, in the same department of Colon.

According to Rivas, the 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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