Two peasant leaders from Bajo Aguán, northwestern Honduras, were killed this weekend. The victims were Secundino Ruiz Vallecillo, president of Movimiento Campesino Aguán Vindicator (MARCA), and Pedro Salgado, vice president of the Unified Movement of Peasants Aguán (MUCA). Salgado was killed along with his wife, Reina Mejía.
On Tuesday, the president of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo, ordered the militarization of Bajo Aguán after riots in the area. The president sent around 600 soldiers and police officer.
The conflict began when 200 farmers tried to take over the farm Aguán Paso, owned by the company “Exportadora del Atlántico”. During the attempted occupation, six people were killed and 14 wounded.
In the region, four thousand families represented by nine farmer organizations are struggling to regain the land they had acquired through land reform. Currently, the land is in the hands of three landowners.
Story Courtesy of Agencia Pulsar.