Honduran dictators torture and murder

This video from Honduras says about itself:

Bertha Oliva: Coup leaders are reviving despotism of the 80s in bid to crush participatory democracy.

Reuters reports:

Honduran abuses rampant after coup -rights groups

Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:33pm EDT

* Rights groups link at least 10 deaths to coup

* Serious injuries blamed on police violence

By Frank Jack Daniel

TEGUCIGALPA, Oct 12 – Suspicious deaths. Beatings. Random police shootings. Life under the de facto government of Honduras at times feels uncannily like Latin America’s dark past of military rule.

In the three months since soldiers overthrew leftist President Manuel Zelaya and marched him out of the country in his pajamas, international and Honduran human rights groups say security forces have committed a litany of abuses.

They link at least 10 deaths to de facto rule under Roberto Micheletti, who was named president after the June 28 coup. The government admits three people have died in protests.

Amnesty International said in September that Honduras risks spiraling into a state of lawlessness where police and military act with no regard for rights.

Repression of protests against the coup increased after Zelaya slipped back into the country on Sept 21, took refuge in the Brazilian embassy and called his backers onto the streets.

Honduran human rights group Cofadeh said it had numerous reports of police firing guns in poor areas of Tegucigalpa.

Some shootings occurred during night-time curfews enforced by Micheletti.

Unemployed Angel Manuel Osorto broke the curfew to go out to borrow money for medical treatment for his pregnant wife and his 13-year-old son Angel David was hit in the lower back when a policeman fired a pistol from a motorbike.

“As we walked home a police patrol rode up shooting. One bullet hit him,” said Osorto. “Thank God he is alive.”

That same night a Zelaya supporter was shot dead. Five more were hospitalized with bullet wounds. “People are terrified to go out at night. I am scared of the authorities,” said Osorto.

The curfew has been lifted in Honduras, but Micheletti has put in place an emergency decree allowing the army and police to break up protests. And they do so with gusto, firing gas at almost any small demonstration.


Honduras did not suffer the same level of state-sponsored violence as South American nations under military regimes or neighbors Guatemala and El Salvador during Central America’s civil wars in the 1980s. But veteran rights activist Bertha Oliva says in some ways things are worse now.

“Before, they hid the dead. Now they do it in public, challenging every principle of human rights,” said Oliva, who formed human rights group Cofadeh when her husband, a left-wing activist, was abducted in 1982.

Two days after Zelaya’s return, police fired tear gas into Cofadeh’s office where about 150 people were gathered to report beatings by soldiers and police dispersing protesters from the streets of Tegucigalpa.

The Washington-based Inter-American Commission on Human Rights condemned the attack. …

“The human rights situation in Honduras has worsened substantially in the sense that the controls and repression of protests have risen exponentially,” the commission’s president Luz Patricia Mejia told Reuters.

One 22-year-old medical student who declined to be named says she and other members of her leftist, pro-Zelaya group have received threats by text message. One recent message read: “The best communist is a dead communist.”

Last week, the student says masked, armed men tried to force her into a black car with dark windows. She escaped, but broke a ligament in her arm struggling to free herself from one of the men’s grip.

“The idea was to torture me for information about my organization, I am sure of that,” she said, her arm in a cast and dark rings around her eyes from the stress.

(Writing by Frank Jack Daniel, editing by Anthony Boadle)

Honduras: Stop Blocking Human Rights Inquiries: here.

Leaders of a progressive bloc of Latin American and Caribbean states have urged the international community to reject a presidential election planned by the Honduran coup regime next month: here.

Reports from Washington indicate that the Obama administration may back a presidential election in Honduras under state of siege conditions and without the restitution of ousted President Manuel Zelaya to office: here.

Monday 12 October 2009: Workers are the main casualties of the coup d’état that overthrew the Honduran president, Manual Zelaya, on 28 June. Trade unions continue to mobilise to demand a return to democracy, although many of their members have been killed, imprisoned and tortured. The de facto government controls the press: here.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has joined legitimate Honduran president Manuel Zelaya in condemning the Honduras coup regime’s withdrawal from a trade treaty uniting Latin America’s most progressive countries: here.

2 thoughts on “Honduran dictators torture and murder

  1. OAS delegation visits Honduras

    Honduras: An Organisation of American States delegation has arrived in Tegucigalpa to probe alleged human rights violations since the June 28 coup that overthrew President Manuel Zelaya.

    The three-member delegation will meet top coup regime officials as well as those campaigning for the restoration of constitutional order in the country.

    The de-facto administration of Roberto Micheletti, which recently suspended civil liberties and closed opposition media outlets in a bid to quash pro-democracy protests, stands accused of killing up to 12 Zelaya supporters and wounding 25.



  2. Pingback: Hillary Clinton and the coup in Honduras | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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