Feisty and stubborn, Bertha Caceres rallied her neighbors against large hydroelectric dam projects that hurt the land in her native Honduras.
She routinely clashed with local authorities and delivered firebrand speeches. She also won international acclaim as a determined indigenous activist in a country where that profession alone could be a death sentence.
Early on March 3, it was. Caceres was at home in the town of La Esperanza ("Hope") when masked men broke in and shot her to death. They also shot her colleague Gustavo Castro and left him for dead.
They were not the first, nor the last, such targets. Two weeks later, an associate of Caceres, Nelson Garcia,...