Another death in dictatorial Honduras

This video is called U.N. – Colombian Paramilitaries in Honduras.

A senior citizen died on Thursday after Honduran riot police fired tear gas canisters at thousands of working people as they marched for the convening of a constituent assembly and the return of ousted former president Manuel Zelaya: here.

The National Popular Resistance Front of Honduras (FNRP) received the annual International Herbert Anaya Human Rights Prize in El Salvador, awarded by human rights organisations. The FNRP struggles against the US-backed Honduran dictatorship that came to power in a military coup last year: here.

Honduras: Massacre of peasants condemned: here.

9 thoughts on “Another death in dictatorial Honduras

  1. Another nurse union leader murdered in targeted assassination

    Sat, 09/18/2010 – 10:12 — AP

    Note: This is translated from El Tiempo, and as is common in that newspaper, even though its reporting is leagues ahead of all the other major newspapers (the ones that sponsored the coup), the fact of targeted assassinations of resistance leaders is minimized in reporting, substituted instead with unconvincing rhetoric of generalized “insecurity” and common crime. Keep that in mind as you read about this latest, atrocious murder of a nurse and union leader who stood up to the U.S.-supported military usurpation of her democracy.

    President of SITRAIHSS is murdered

    SAN PEDRO SULA.- The president of the Union of Workers of the Honduran Institute of Social Security (SITRAIHSS), Juana Bustillo, died last night after being shot at last night by an individual in the El Roble neighborhood.

    Her work colleagues stated that Bustillo, 49 years old, had been meeting until 7:30pm at the IHSS headquarters with other union activists.

    She left the building with two people, a man and a woman, in a red pickup truck that she was driving.

    She drove north on the boulevard and entered the El Roble neighborhood at the second exit, and parked at a mini-supermarket.

    Immediately a subject approached and shot three bullets directly at her. He then ran away to a beige getaway car that had parked behind the pickup truck, in which he fled.

    The two people who were with her drove her back to the IHSS hospital in the same vehicle that she had been driving, less than a kilometer away in a straight line on the Boulevard of the North.

    Juana Suyapa Bustillo was 49 years old.

    The patient was admitted to the emergency department in the middle of a heart attack and was brought in that state to the surgeon, where her state worsened. She was declared clinically dead at 8:30pm, according to the attending doctor doctor Carlos Umaña.

    The doctor explained that Bustillo had received three bullet wounds, two to the thorax. One of the bullets punctured her aorta, and that had been the cause of her death.

    A son of Bustillo’s arrived at the IHSS, and upon being informed of her passing burst into unconsolable tears and had to be taken aside by his mother’s work colleagues.

    In the hallways the nurses and doctors commented with great concern on the tragic death and lamented the climate of insecurity that is ending the lives of productive people.

    They explained that Juana Bustillo had been working at the IHSS for 20 years and had been a union leader for 11.

    On February 3, 2010, Vanessa Janeth Zepeda Alonso, a 29 year old nurse who worked in an IHSS hospital in Tegucigalpa and also member of SITRAIHSS was murdered.

    This July 16, the head of purchasing for the Honduran Institute of Social Security and his family were shot at in the Jardines del Valle neighborhood.

    On that occasion two criminals shot at the vehicle driven by Lenín Augusto Guevara, along with his wife Fátima Adela Soriano and daughter Andrea Guevara Soriano, barely three years old. The [wife] and the child died and he was wounded. It is assumed that the motive of the attack was robbery.

    The vehicle in which the president of the IHSS union was transported was a red Dodge Caravan pickup truck, license plate PCS 3020.

    The nurses of Social Security mourned the death of the union leader in the hallways.


  2. Deforestation Index Rises in Honduras

    TEGUCIGALPA – Honduras lost 37 percent of its forests over the past 20 years, revealed the Treehugger website owned by Discovery, which places this country among the most deforested in the world.

    The forest area in Honduras has disappeared rapidly since 1990, says the publication, which includes the state of the planet in this field.

    The Timber Association of Honduras described as incorrect the Treehugger’s information and ensured that all data in its possession and the empirical observations contradict the internet publication.

    “We all know that deforestation is a major problem, but we have no data that allow us to quantify it. All the data we know and our empirical field observations contradict the report of Treehugger. The rate of deforestation in Honduras is less,” said that organization.

    According to the United Nations Programme for the Environment (UNEP), Haiti topped the list of nations with the highest rates of deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    The problem also affects Mexico and El Salvador, where many forest areas disappear every year.


  3. 10th journalist killed this year

    HONDURAS: A radio reporter has been gunned down outside his home in in the coastal town of La Masica, the 10th journalist killed in the country this year.

    Henry Suazo was killed on Tuesday. He worked for HRN radio and Cablevision del Atlantico television.

    Honduras is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, according to the Inter American Press Association and the Committee to Protect Journalists.


  4. Honduran interns on strike over stipends and conditions

    Medical interns at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) are continuing their strike, which started on January 18. The students are demanding areas to rest and shower after their shifts end, defined hours, and an increase in the stipend they receive for the seventh year of their studies, which includes the rotating internship.

    The rise in the cost of living spurred the demand for a higher stipend. In addition, there are complaints of sexual harassment, of funds by some doctors and mistreatment by professors.

    The rector of the university, Julieta Castellanos, claimed the increase was impossible, since it was a grant, not a salary. She chastised the students, telling them “they should be conscious of the country in which they live and the university in which they study.”

    The interns face sanctions for their action, but according to EL Heraldo, “The discipline commission named to apply the sanctions to the strikers has not pronounced on the issue” yet.


  5. Honduran teachers march in Tegucigalpa over unpaid salaries

    About 1,000 teachers marched through downtown Tegucigalpa on February 4 demanding overdue payment of wages before the start of classes on February 7. The teachers—members of the Federation of Educators’ Organizations of Honduras, Fomh—later gathered at the Hibueras Institute of Tegucigalpa to discuss actions to pressure the government to resolve their grievances.

    The Ministry of Education agreed to pay the back wages last August but have only paid a fraction of them. In addition, it has lagged on paying back money taken from the teachers’ pension fund.

    Teachers have been among the victims of repression following the coup that installed the government of Porfirio Lobos. According to a November Idea Network report, “The violations of the August agreement are just the latest maneuvers in an ongoing campaign of intimidation, retaliation and violent repression against teachers since the military coup in June 2009. A dozen teachers have been murdered in overtly political assassinations since the coup, and many teachers have been beaten or detained.”

    Joel Almendares, president of the College de Pedagogy of Honduras, told La Prensa that the board of directors had decided—through recommendations of the rank and file—to call the assembly to discuss the buffeting that the government is dealing the teaching profession.

    “Therefore, the board is meeting with the base of the 18 departments of the country and there will touch on the matter of the federation of the municipal and departmental organization, until we agree to a grand federation of parents that is legitimate, that has the goal of being vigilant so that the learning process has better conditions.”

    Teachers returned to work on Monday. The teacher unions have agreed to complete the 200 days of classes that the law requires for the academic year.


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