In June 2016, Allan Martínez, 19-year-old peasant in the region of Bajo Aguan, Tocoa in Honduras, was killed during a celebration day while he was playing football. Allan Martínez was a member of the peasant movement «Gregorio Chávez» and he was murdered for being involved in the recuperation of a part of the land that had previously been taken from them.
The movement «Gregorio Chávez» was created in 2012 with the objective of defending the indigenous people’s right to land. Since 2009, indeed, the communities in Bajo Aguan suffer from a war on land, where different groups fight for the ownership of the territory and the crops. This often ends up costing the lives of peasants and small land owners and those who defend their rights. In the case of Allan Martínez, he had recently recovered a 10 hectare piece of land that would had been used for housing. The coordinator of this area , Manuel Milla, was killed the same day.
The case of Allan Martínez is emblematic because it represents the situation of hundreds of peasants and members of local communities that are affected by the conflict on land. Allan Martínez’ brother, Cristian Martínez, was also kidnapped in the past because his involvement in the «Gregorio Chávez» organisation.