THE ACTIVIST GUSTAVO CASTRO SOTO RETURNS TO MEXICO AFTER BEING HELD FOR 27 DAYS IN HONDURAS
By: Blanca Juárez
The activist Gustavo Castro Soto, the only witness to the homicide of the environmentalist Berta Cáceres returned to Mexico yesterday after being retained for almost a month by Honduras authorities in that country.
Just this Thursday Honduran justice revoked the order for the director of Otros Mundos/Friends of the Earth-Mexico to remain there as a witness and collaborate in the clarification of the Cáceres murder, perpetrated by unknown individuals last March 3.
He arrived at the International Airport in Mexico City a little after 11 o’clock in the morning on Flight TAI430 of Avianca Airlines. The plane made a stop in El Salvador and afterwards headed for Mexico.
The sociologist traveled in the company of his brother Oscar and of the Mexican Consul in Honduras, Arturo Corrales. Other family members received him when he arrived, as well as authorities from the Secretariat of Foreign Relations, who assisted him in his return, according to information from that department.
After his arrival, Castro Soto was led to a distinct area of the arrival gate, where various reporters were already waiting for him, but he did not give statements to the press.
Last March 6, three days after the armed attack in the home of the social struggler Berta Cáceres, and in which the Mexican received minor injuries, authorities of the Central American country impeded his exit. They intercepted him at the Tegucigalpa International Airport when he was attempting to take a flight to Mexico.
Cáceres was the coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras. La indigenous Lenca woman stopped one of the largest hydroelectric projects in her country, which would have affected nearby communities if it had been completed.
Despite the formal request from the Mexican government –which was repeated on several occasions– for the environmentalist to be able to return to the country as soon as possible, the sociologist could not abandon Honduras until yesterday.
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) requested Gustavo Castro’s presence in Washington on next April 6 so that he participates in the 157th session. They permitted the activist to leave after the Mexican government’s insistence and international pressure.
Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Re-published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee