Erik Martinez was a leader of the Movement of Diversity in Resistance and Political Organization Los Necios
Red Morazanica de Información
Tegucigalpa May 7, 2012. Erick Alexander Martinez Avila, a noticeable member of the National Front of People’s Resistance (FNRP), was found dead on Monday May 7 in the road tract from Tegucigalpa to Olancho.Martinez was also a member of the Political Organization Los Necios and was elected two weeks before his assassination as a proposed candidate for a parliament seat from the Popular Refoundation Force, a political faction internal to the new LIBRE Party, as a representative of the community of sexual diversity for which he was an outstanding member.
It is still unknown how the murder of Martinez occurred but preliminary information from morgue officials reveal suffocation in a heavily beaten body. The body was left without identification documents in a village located along the road tract between Tegucigalpa and Olancho, Guasculile, and was first noticed by local pedestrians, he entered the morgue as an unknown person and was found later that day by MDR militants who were in turn already suspicious about Erik’s whereabouts.
A statement from the Movement of Diversity in Resistance requests to investigate thoroughly this new crime against a member of the FNRP and their movement and that it is not left in impunity as with all other cases.
Indignation has not been long to be felt in Honduras, and tens of solidarity statements have been published on the left leaning media, also demanding a clarification of this new criminal act, which has already been described by colleagues, friends and leaders of the FNRP as a political assassination. The recent election of Erik Martinez for a pre-candidacy and the public announcement that was done through the FNRP and Los Necios provoked reaction from the conservative press to the point that Diario El Heraldo's editors disapproved gay rights and the organizations for openly supporting the LGTB movement in Honduras, the note said “…Los Necios are crying out loud an unrestricted support to sexual diversity and that if the people votes for them in the upcoming elections they will approve gay marriage, abortion and the day after pill… well, well.”
In a public statement the Los Rojos Political Organization condemned El Heraldo journal due to “its recent published article where they accused and attacked our comrade Erik Martinez, for the sole fact of defending his own fellows of sexual diversity sectors”.
Since the 2009 coup, 75 members of the LGBT community have been killed without having had clarified the facts in any case as reported by a statement of Agentes de Cambio.