Parents of assassinated activist sue Honduran coup leader in Texas

February 14, 2012

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Demonstrators protest the coup against President Manuel Zelaya in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Just one week after a 2009 coup forced Honduran President Manuel Zelaya into exile, he tried to return to his country by plane. A crowd of thousands peacefully gathered at Toncontin International Airport to welcome Zelaya back, but military troops blocked the runway. The forces fired tear gas and live rounds into the crowd of unarmed civilians. Nineteen year-old Isis Obed Murillo was shot in the head. Murillo’s parents, unable to find justice at home, filed a civil lawsuit in Texas.

Worldview talks about the specifics of this unusual case with Laura Raymond, advocacy program manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights — the group that filed the complaint.