Police break up Indian protest in Honduras
The clash occurred Monday night at a key section of highway near the Guatemalan
and Salvadoran borders.
More than 1,000 members of the National Council of the Chorti Tribe blocked
highway to demand that the government turn over 14,000 hectares (34,500 acres)
of farmland in western Honduras.
"The government doesn't have lands in Ocotepeque and Copan," said Agrarian
Reform Minister Anibal Delgado. "The problem we face is that the landlords in
those areas don't want to sell their lands to the government."
Indian spokesman Julio Cesar Diaz accused police of using excessive force
dislodge the protesters and said the group would continue its struggle.
Police charged the protesters repeatedly, and were beaten back several times.
The slain protester was identified as Alberto Rodriguez. The injured were
a hospital in Nueva Ocotepeque.
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