Honduras police refuse to kill pro-democracy demonstrators

This video says about itself:


4 December 2017

All national police will refuse to enforce a curfew after days of deadly violence triggered by allegations of electoral fraud: here.

Amid mass protests, Honduran government and Trump administration seek to impose fraudulent re-election: here.

What happened to the democratic rights of the Hondurans who voted in the presidential elections on November 26th? Here.

Electoral Coup Attempt in Honduras: here.

Crisis of Honduras democracy has roots in US tacit support for 2009 coup: here.

This video says about itself:

Thousands of Hondurans are out in the streets protesting state repression and possible election fraud by the right-wing government of President Hernandez.

4 December 2017

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  2. Tuesday 5th December 2017

    by James Tweedie

    HONDURAN police went on strike today, refusing to suppress protests against ballot-rigging in last week’s election.

    Opposition presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla, who insists the election was stolen from him, urged the army to follow suit.

    The national police, including the feared Cobra commandos, announced the strike on Monday in the capital Tegucigalpa.

    Hours earlier, electoral tribunal chief David Matamoros announced that incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez had effectively won the November 26 election, reversing an early five-point lead for Mr Nasrallah in a vote count delayed by a week.

    In a statement read out by a spokesman on the UNE TV network, the force said: “We can not become violators of human rights.

    “If we do, sooner or later we will pay the debt,” the spokesman said. “We are already paying for the violations committed by our superiors in the past” — a possible reference to the 2009 US-supported coup against president Manuel Zelaya, Mr Nasralla’s ally.

    The eight-point declaration said: “Our people are sovereign and we have a duty to them, therefore we cannot confront them and suppress their rights.”

    It urged “intermediate officers to take control of our institution due to the ineffectiveness of our superiors who have done little or nothing to solve this problem of the state.”

    Added to their grievances was Security Minister Julian Pachecho’s announced pay rise for office-based auxiliaries but not officers on the beat.

    Mr Nasralla, who has led mass protests against the alleged electoral fraud, welcomed the strike. “I call on the troops to follow the example of the police,” he said.

    The Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship candidate alleged that Mr Hernandez had “paid certain unscrupulous soldiers” to neglect their duty to “maintain peace, the rule of the constitution, the principles of a free vote” and the transfer of power.

    Mr Hernandez has previously been accused of taking money from drug barons to fund his election campaign.

    Mr Nasralla said he was ready for dialogue but warned that the people’s demands for democracy must be met.

    “I want to end the crisis, but I represent a people who find themselves oppressed, who want justice to be done,” he said.

    “This process is not over. Juan Orlando Hernandez is not the president.”

    A demonstration in solidarity with the Honduran people against the “true fraud and coup d’etat” was called yesterday outside the Honduran embassy in the Venezuelan capital Caracas.



  3. Thursday 7th December 2017

    by Emile Schepers

    AS many feared, the aftermath of the fraudulent Honduran election of November 26 has now degenerated into harsh repression and violent death.

    Opposition to the corrupt right-wing regime of President Juan Orlando Hernandez of the National Party has boiled up as it has become obvious that an effort is under way to steal the election.

    It was originally expected that Hernandez, a close US ally, would win re-election easily, but as the first vote tally, announced on November 28, showed a solid lead for Salvador Nasralla, the candidate of the centre-left Alliance of Opposition to the [Hernandez] Dictatorship (Alianza de Oposicion Contra la Dictadura).

    The largest party in the alliance is Libre (Liberty and Refoundation Party), which is left wing and headed by former president Manual Zelaya, who was overthrown in a military coup d’etat in June, 2009.

    The alliance also includes the smaller Innovation and Unity Party.

    Nasralla is supported by the left, although he is not himself a leftist. A win by him could evidently not be tolerated by the powers that be in Honduras.

    National Party operatives control all three branches of government in this impoverished and violence-racked central American country.

    Hernandez is running for re-election in what many see as a blatant violation of the Honduran constitution, which like that of Mexico and a number of other Latin American countries, does not permit re-election of the president.

    To deal with that little problem, Hernandez, who was elected in 2013 in an election that was also plagued by charges of fraud worked with his allies in Congress to oust four Supreme Court judges.

    He then appointed new ones who were his supporters, and they subsequently ruled that the clause in the constitution that prevents re-election is itself unconstitutional.

    The Hernandez regime has been characterised by many forms of misrule, including corruption.

    A big chunk of the budget of the Social Security Institute was diverted into Hernandez’s National Party in a scheme involving his’s own sister.

    He has also been linked, directly and through his brother and his national security chief, to the international drug trade.

    On the latter score, if he were to be ousted from the presidency, he might face criminal charges and even possible extradition to the United States to face trial, as has happened to some people in his circle.

    Hernandez and the people he works with have been ruthless in suppressing opposition.

    The police force is highly militarised and has a reputation for corruption and violence.

    Since the 2009 coup that brought the National Party to power, there have been scores of murders of social justice activists and journalists.

    The case of Berta Caceres, a Lenca indigenous environmental defender, is one of many such.

    The murderers of Caceres have still not been prosecuted. There are strong indications that security forces were involved. Under the post-coup regimes, Honduras has become one of the most violent countries in the world.

    The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), the body charged with carrying out elections and counting the vote, is controlled by Hernandez’s allies.

    The chief magistrate of the TSE, David Matamoros Batson, is the former head of Hernandez’s National Party, which controls the electoral body.

    The left-wing Libre Party is not represented in the TSE, but one of the alternate members of the body, Marcos Ramiro Lobo Rosales, from the Liberal Party, caused consternation in government ranks when he announced that Nasralla’s lead in early vote totals was irreversible.

    Subsequently, the presidential candidate of the Liberal Party, Luis Zelaya (no relation) said basically the same and called for Hernandez to recognise that Nasralla had won.

    After the initial tallies showed Nasralla ahead, the announcement of vote totals suddenly stopped, and only started trickling out days later.

    The delay, according to TSE head Matamoros, was caused by computer failures. But in fact all the election results had been sent in to the TSE shortly after the elections finished, so it is hard to see how this could be true.

    Noting Nasralla’s lead, Hernandez said that, when votes came in from rural regions, he would be revealed as the winner. This strange statement fuelled the growing suspicion that massive electoral fraud was afoot.

    And sure enough, the subsequent vote tallies showed Hernandez inching ahead of Nasralla.

    The opposition pointed out serious irregularities, including numerous tally sheets that had not been signed by local election officials, as required by law.

    Matamoros stated that the results would be announced on November 29, then postponed this until December 2 which came and went without any announcement of final results.

    Meanwhile, the opposition was mounting protests to demand, first, that there be a total recount and now that there be a new election. Street protests began, and were countered by increasing violence from the militarised security forces.

    On December 1, the government announced a “state of exception,” similar to martial law, for the whole country, to last 10 days.

    Freedom of movement will be curtailed, protests prohibited and a 6pm to 6am curfew imposed on the population. There are hints of press and media restrictions.

    But protests have been mounting, eliciting a violent government response. Early on December 2, a 19-year-old woman, Kimberley Dayana Fonseca, was gunned down by police, according to witnesses.

    Another death has also been reported, as well as more violence and numerous arrests. Some sources were reporting at least six fatalities as of December 3.

    Besides the electoral opposition, human rights groups in Honduras and beyond are speaking out against the renewed repression and the electoral fraud.

    The Honduran Mesa de Derechos Humanos (Human Rights Roundtable) denounced Hernandez’s candidacy as illegal in the first place, and also denounced the ongoing repression.

    In the United States, the Alliance for Global Justice and the faith-based Latin American Working Group both posted action notices on their websites calling for people in the US to strongly protest the situation and to contact their elected officials to demand no US support for the illegitimate and violent Hernandez regime.

    But what will be the attitude of the Trump administration? The signs are ominous. For many decades and even under the Obama administration, Honduras has been seen as a key regional ally of the United States.

    US military bases and personnel in Honduras have worked for many years with Honduran political and military leaders to control the Central American area and beyond.

    Writing in the New Yorker magazine, Jonathan Blitzer gives details of the relationship between Hernandez’s government and current White House chief of staff and former secretary of homeland security, General John Kelly.

    The relationship goes back to Kelly’s earlier job as the head of the US military’s Southern Command, charged with keeping Latin America in line. So it is likely that the US will back Hernandez to the hilt, drug-trafficking accusations or not.



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