United States witnesses to Honduran dictatorship’s cruelty

This video says about itself:

Venezuelan-American attorney and lawyer Eva Golinger says the military coup [in Honduras=] couldn’t have happened without the approval of Washington.

From The Plog in Kansas City, USA:

Kansas Citians report repression and bloodshed from Honduras

By Carolyn Szczepanski in Picket Lines, Politics

Tuesday, Aug. 25 2009 @ 7:30AM

As Judy Ancel interviewed Edgardo Napoleon Valeriano on August 14 the welts on his back were still bright red and patches of shaved hair exposed angry crimson gashes on the top of his head. The day before, the 55-year-old doctor had attended a rally in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, demonstrating against the ousting of President Manuel Zelaya.

​”I was chased and ran until I could go no farther,” he told Ancel. “The police caught up with me and five policemen beat me with their clubs. As they beat me they asked how much I was being paid to demonstrate. They stole my watch, my wallet, my cell phone and my glasses.”

Ancel, the director of The Institute of Labor Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and president of the Cross-Border Network, transcribed and translated stories of Hondurans like Valeriano earlier this month. Part of an observation team from Global Exchange, Ancel and fellow Kansas Citian Alice Kitchen spent a week in the Central American nation to understand the circumstances of Zelaya’s removal and witness the aftermath for the Honduran people.

“What’s reported in both the Honduran media and the U.S. media is very distorted,” Ancel wrote of her experience with the observation team. “Zelaya, who was kidnapped in the middle of the night by the head of the army, whom he had just fired, is in fact quite popular among the working people, the poor, and the peasants of Honduras — in other words, the vast majority. The group watched a grass-roots social movement of tens of thousands demonstrate in the two major cities. We saw brutal repression by police and military, and interviewed the victims.”

Read the group’s full report.

Seven foreign ministers have gathered in Tegucigalpa to press Honduras’s coup regime to sign up to a negotiated settlement and restore the country’s constitutional president.

Coup Protester Gang-Raped by Honduran Police: here.

Honduras: Rights Report Shows Need for Increased International Pressure: here.

Scholars protest repression of colleagues in Honduras: here.

Coup Catalyzes Honduran Women’s Movement: here.

Chile, El Salvador condemn coup in Honduras: here.

5 thoughts on “United States witnesses to Honduran dictatorship’s cruelty

  1. U.S. To Reduce Visa Services In Honduras


    Published: August 25, 2009

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday it will temporarily stop issuing many visas in Honduras, a step that may be designed to pressure the de facto government that took power after a June 28 coup to step down.

    The State Department, which has repeatedly condemned the coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya, said it would only provide visa services to potential immigrants and emergency cases at its embassy in Tegucigalpa.

    The Obama administration has urged Honduran authorities to accept proposals put forward by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, whose efforts to end the crisis have stalled over the de facto government’s refusal to allow Zelaya to return to power.

    “As a consequence of the de facto regime’s reluctance to sign the San Jose Accord, the U.S. Department of State is conducting a full review of our visa policy in Honduras,” State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said in a written statement.

    The San Jose pact, brokered last month by Nobel Peace Prize winner Arias, would have allowed Zelaya to return to office until elections are held by the end of November.

    “As part of that review, we are suspending non-emergency, non-immigrant visa services in the consular section of our embassy in Honduras, effective August 26,” Kelly added. “We firmly believe a negotiated solution is the appropriate way forward and the San Jose Accord is the best solution.”

    (Additional reporting by Anthony Boadle in Washington; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)


  2. Central American bank freezes Honduras loans

    (AP) – 3 hours ago

    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Central America’s development bank says it is freezing credits to Honduras following the June 28 coup that ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

    Local media say the decision could affect infrastructure projects like planned highways in the impoverished Central American nation.

    The Central American Bank for Economic Integration said in a statement Wednesday that the freeze is provisional, while the banks’ governors weigh whether to suspend financing.

    The bank has provided about $971 million in financing for Honduras over the last five years.

    Many other multilateral agencies and foreign governments have put Honduras aid projects on hold, in the face of the interim government’s refusal to reinstate Zelaya.


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