That is as many homophopic hate crimes as were recorded in the Central American country the prior five years, The Miami Herald reported Monday.
Activists contend the killings are a result in a breakdown in the rule of law in Honduras since the ouster of former President Manuel Zelaya. The Herald reported that HIV-positive gay activist Walter Trochez was slain last week, just days after escaping a six-hour kidnapping ordeal, in a crime indicative of the dangers facing not only gays but Zelaya's supporters.
`Walter was afraid," Reina Rivera, director of the Center for the Investigation and Promotion of Human Rights, told the newspaper. "He was a leader in the (pro-Zelaya) Resistance, but we thought he was in a precarious situation because he was also HIV-positive and gay in a patriarchal, machista and homophobic society."
"Since the coup, there's been a noticeable uptick in violence,'' added New York attorney and human rights investigator David Brown. "There is a social breakdown and a breakdown in law enforcement."