Honduran coup propped up by Colombian terrorists

This video about Honduras says about itself:

Coup regime suspends constitutional liberties, mobilizes military to shut down all anti-coup media outlets.

From British daily The Guardian:

Landowners in Honduras hired Colombian paramilitaries, UN says

Members of the AUC, classified as a terrorist organisation by the US, reportedly hired to offer protection for landowners

* Associated Press
*Friday 9 October 2009 14.50 BST

Honduran landowners have reportedly hired former Colombian paramilitaries as mercenaries to protect them against possible violence stemming from government tensions, a UN panel said today.

The UN working group on mercenaries said that it has received reports that some 40 former members of United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia, or AUC. The US government classifies the AUC as a terrorist organisation.

They will protect properties and individuals “from further violence between supporters of the de facto government and those of the deposed President Manuel Zelaya,” it said.

Separately, a 120-person group of paramilitaries from several countries in that region was reportedly created to support the coup in Honduras, the panel said.

Honduras is a party to the international convention against the recruitment, use, financing and training of mercenaries, the group said.

The group also alleged that Honduran police and the mercenaries indiscriminately used “long range acoustic devices” against Zelaya and his supporters taking refuge at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa.

The device can blast sounds by concentrating voice commands and a car alarm-like noise that can be heard nearly two miles away.

“We urge the Honduran authorities to take all practical measures to prevent the use of mercenaries within its territory and to fully investigate allegations concerning their presence and activities,” the group said.

Zelaya was toppled in the 28 June military-backed coup that has paralysed the impoverished Central American nation with street protests, the suspension of foreign aid, diplomatic isolation and a standoff between the rival claimants to the presidency. The crisis deepened when Zelaya slipped back into the country in late September and took refuge with dozens of supporters in the Brazilian embassy.

Governments throughout the world insist the ousted president serve out the final months of his term and be restored to his office in time to prepare for the November election.

See also here.

The situation is grave in Tegucigalpa. According to a message from the organization, Pastors for Peace, Radio Globo from Honduras is reporting that snipers are shooting into the Brazilian Embassy where President Zelaya and hundreds of supporters have taken refuge. There is no word yet on injuries: here.

This video is called Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya Speaks From the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa.

More than 27,000 people have been “forcibly disappeared” in Colombia since the late 1980s, leading prosecutor Luis Gonzalez announced on Monday: here.

8 thoughts on “Honduran coup propped up by Colombian terrorists

  1. Colombia rights defenders say they’re under constant attack

    A congressional hearing in Washington focused on the persecution of human rights defenders in Colombia.


    Special To The Miami Herald

    BOGOTA — Human rights defenders in Colombia are under constant attack for their work, facing murder, death threats, illegal surveillance, arbitrary detentions and prosecutions, activists told a congressional panel in Washington on Tuesday.

    Speaking before the House Human Rights Commission, Colombian activist Gabriel Gonzalez recounted how he spent more than a year in jail on charges of being a member of the country’s leftist guerrillas. A judge threw out the charges as baseless, but the ruling was overturned and he could face another seven years in prison on the same accusation.

    His is one of dozens of cases, U.S. and Colombian rights groups say, where human rights defenders are prosecuted based on flimsy charges as part of an effort to intimidate them.

    Margaret Sekaggya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, who visited Colombia in September, told the panel that she remained concerned over what she has called a “pattern of harassment and persecution against human rights defenders.”

    Sekaggya challenged the government of President Alvaro Uribe to “genuinely address” their concerns.

    Rights activists and community organizers have long been among the primary targets of both right-wing paramilitary forces and leftist rebel armies in Colombia, with more than 60 murdered between 2002 and 2008. Violence has abated greatly with the demobilization of more than 30,000 paramilitary fighters and the routing of guerrillas from major urban areas.

    But last year, 11 rights activists were murdered, according to the Colombian Commission of Jurists, and in the first nine months of this year, nine rights defenders have been reported killed.

    On Saturday, activist Islena Rey narrowly escaped death when members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, reportedly opened fire on the small boat she was traveling in after holding meetings with far-flung communities in Meta province.

    And while killings are down, “more insidious forms of persecution have emerged,” says Andrew Hudson of the New York based Human Rights First.

    Investigations have shown that rights defenders are routinely subjected to surveillance and their phone calls and e-mails are illegally intercepted. The headquarters of rights groups are frequently the target of mysterious burglaries where only computers and memory sticks are stolen. And activists are prosecuted based on often flimsy charges.



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