On October 20, riot police and members of the Honduran National Police attacked members of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, COPINH) with tear gas, rubber bullets, and a water cannon in Tegucigalpa, according on the ground video footage. The violence erupted at a demonstration demanding answers in the death of COPINH environmental and human rights activist, Berta Cáceres.
The attack on the demonstration came just days after assassination attempts of COPINH's general coordinator, Tómas Gómez Membreño, and COPINH community leader Alexander García Sorto. Additionally, José Ángel Flores, the president of the Movimiento Unificado Campesino del Aguán (Unified Campesino Movement of Aguán, MUCA), and campesino leader Silmer Dionisio George, were assassinated in the northern Honduran department of Colón on October 18.
In response to the recent surge in violence against human and environmental activists in Honduras, Amnesty International has declared the region a “no-go zone for environmental [and human rights] defenders,” according to a statement from the group.