Murder of 19-Year-Old Isis Obed Murillo Sparks Youth Movement in Honduras

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Isis Obed Murillo's murder shocked an already rattled Honduras last week when he was shot by soldiers. Images of his bloodstained body were widely circulated and have since become a rallying cry for those hondureños who oppose Roberto Micheletti's claim on the presidential office and support President Zelaya. Micheletti was named president after Zelaya was ousted in a military coup on June 29.

Zelaya attempted to return to Honduras on Sunday, July 5, and many of
his supporters took to the street and vowed to continue protesting
until Zelaya was returned to his rightful position. But Zelaya's plane
was blocked from landing, and a 30,000-strong crowd broke through an
airport fence, overwhelming soldiers who were stationed at the
transportation hub. Soldiers immediately deployed tear gas, and Murillo was shot in the head
and died immediately.

"He was just a kid standing up for his rights," José Miguel
Otero, 23, told the Miami Herald at a recent pro-Zelaya march in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa. "His sacrifice has now given others like me the courage to continue standing up for what we believe in."

The youth of Honduras have played an escalating role in the protests against the military coup, now moving into its third week. Many young teachers and state workers support Zalaya because of his push for higher wages. "I'm not just standing here for me, I'm standing here for my future children," said José Rodolfo Gómez, 25, an elementary school teacher. "If they can go in and manhandle our president now, what will that mean in the future?"

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