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Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba ba to Casares was one of the most influential advocates for indigenous and women's rights in Honduras.

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The discrimination you are seeing, what the Golden Globes.

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And in 2013, when she began leading a protest campaign against a proposed hydroelectric dam, she became one of the most celebrated environmental activists anywhere.

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Honduras was known as the most dangerous place in the world for environmental activists.

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More than 100 had been reported killed in just the previous five years. She told friends about threatening phone calls she'd get. She said strange cars followed her on the road.

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She knew that she was very much still being targeted and still at risk of being killed. Berta was the most powerful activist in her country, but none of the accolades could protect her in the end. A prominent environmental rights activist was shot dead in Honduras on Thursday, prompting protests in the capital. My name is Monte Real, an investigative reporter for Bloomberg Green on the upcoming podcast Blood River, we tell the story of a murder and murder in a place where murderers thrive.

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We're about 97 percent of all homicides are left unsolved and unpunished. Honduran police claim that she was killed in a robbery gone wrong, but her family, friends and supporters are convinced that her death was a political assassination. It's a story full of deception, false leads and cruel twists. It's about money, power, political influence and the violence that goes along with that. That violence didn't begin or end with Batar.

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I threw myself towards the side of the bed in my room to protect myself, and the gunman shot me in the head. I said, don't call the police, you know, because calling the police in Honduras is like covid, calling the Mafia to a crime scene and you can't trust them. We'll hear from victims, investigators and eyewitnesses, the communities that fought alongside Bhatta and the executives on the receiving end of that activism.

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We'll go into their homes, their offices and in some cases, their prison cell. All of them now face the same question. Who in the end is really responsible for the death of Bhatta Kasinitz? And what does justice actually look like in a place where killers almost always walk away untouched?

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We think it's quite possible that there's more to this crime than has been exposed so far. Blood River launches on July 27, subscribe today on Apple podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcast.