On Monday, July 15th, indigenous Lenca leader Tomás Garcia was killed and his son Alan was seriously wounded when members of the Honduran Army indiscriminately shot at people protesting the Agua Zarca Dam without any provocation or warning.
Since April 1st of this year, the Lenca community of Rio Blanco has been actively resisting construction of the Agua Zarca Dam by blocking entrance to the construction site and demanding an end to a project in their territory about which they were not consulted. Monday marked the 106th day of resistance.
Agua Zarca is being developed by Honduran company Desarrollos Energéticos Sociedad Anónima (DESA) and built by Chinese dam builder Sinohydro. In clear violation of ILO Convention 169 on The Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the companies and the government of Honduras have ignored their legal obligation to consult the Lenca community of Rio Blanco about the Agua Zarca Dam, which would threaten their livelihoods and culture.