Image 1 of 1
Relatives mourn over the body of Carlos Martinez, a 23-year old farmworker who was shot to death on October 2 on the La Lempira Cooperative outside Tocoa, Honduras. Left to right is sister Marlin Martinez, sister Karin Martinez, and mother Victoria Martinez. Carlos Martinez and other members of the cooperative are among thousands of Honduran activists who have seized plantations they claim were stolen from them by wealthy Honduras businessmen. The Honduran security forces have militarized the area, and killings of peasant leaders have become common. Many of the cooperatives were started with assistance from Catholic priests and lay pastors in the region, and some Catholic leaders remain close supporters of the peasant movement. A sister of Martinez claimed he was killed by a security guard from a nearby plantation belonging to Miguel Facusse, the wealthiest of Honduran landowners.