Gay activist assassinated in Honduras

Walter Trochez, 25, a well-known LGBT activist in Honduras who was an active member of the National Resistance Front against the coup d’etat there, was assassinated on the evening of Dec. 13, shot dead by drive-by killers in central Tegucigalpa. Trochez, who had already been arrested and beaten after participating in a march against the coup, had been very active recently in documenting and publicizing homophobic killings and crimes committed by the forces behind the coup. He had been trailed for weeks before his murder by thugs believed to be members of the state security forces.

In an open letter documenting the wave of homophobic assassinations, he wrote last month: “Once again we say it is NOT ACCEPTABLE that in these past 4 months, during such a short period, 9 transexual and gay friends were violently killed, 6 in San Pedro Sula and 3 in Tegucigalpa.” At the end of the letter, Trochez declared, “As a revolutionary, I will always defend my people, even if it takes my life.” (Direland blog, Adital, Dec. 14)

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      From Weekly News Update on the Americas, Dec. 20