COPINH and resistance member assassinated

Posted on May 21, 2010

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The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras, COPINH, denounce the assassination of Olayo Hernandez Sorto, 37, id the community of Pueblo Viejo, member of COPINH, and comunal secretary of the Popular Resistance Front against the coup d’ state of the community of Pueblo Viejo, Colomoncagua Municipality, Department of Intibucá.

Our friend Olayo Hernandez Sorto was murdered on Tuesday, May 18, at about 6.00 pm, hit with three 3.80-caliber pistol shots. One hit him on the chest, the other on the knee and the other on the back. The body of Olayo also showed a stab wound to the head probably perpetrated with a machete. The body of fellow Olayo Sorto was found in Los Quebrachitos. It should be noted that he had been accused of being in the resistance and taken up arms because his job was repairing weapons for which he had the relevant permit. Nevertheless, the magistrates’ court of Colomoncagua municipality had given him a fine of one thousand Lempiras (L1, 000.00).

The companion Olayo received a call before leaving home by Wiliam Ventura to leave his house and meet him somewhere.

Olayo Hernandez Sorto leaves behind a wife and five children who depended on his source of income.

The Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras requires immediate clarification of this new crime committed against members of the Popular Resistance and demands it be punished with the full weight of the criminal law. We also demand a stop to this hemorrhage of blood suffered by the Honduran people who are fighting for the restoration of their democracy.

Olayo, with your heroic example, we will go forward!
Olayo, we swear to win!

SOURCE: Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras