Honduras police strike against regime, corporate media neglect it


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Historic action by Honduran police is being ignored

10 December 2017

Honduran police are standing with the people and refusing to repress nationwide protests against the widespread allegations of fraud in recent elections that favor right-wing President Juan Orlando Hernandez.

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Honduras police refuse to kill pro-democracy demonstrators


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HONDURAN POLICE REFUSE TO REPRESS PROTESTERS AND DEMAND CLEAN ELECTIONS

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.

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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

Honduras fight for democracy continues


This video from the USA says about itself:

Honduras: Protesters Defy Military Crackdown and Flood the Streets to Protest Alleged Vote-Rigging

4 December 2017

Tensions are rising in Honduras, where security forces have opened fire on protesters over the weekend, killing at least three people and injuring dozens more. On Sunday, tens of thousands of people poured into the streets to protest what many are calling an electoral coup d’état against opposition candidate Salvador Nasralla.

Protesters accuse the electoral commission of rigging the vote in favor of incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernández, who is a close U.S. ally. For more, we speak with Zenaida Velasquez, a Honduran human rights activist and one of the founders of the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared in Honduras. We also speak with Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle, a member of La Voz de los de Abajo and one of the founding members of the Honduras Solidarity Network. He has been in Honduras for over a week leading a human rights observation delegation.

Stop election fraud and bloodshed in Honduras


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2 December 2017

Honduras has imposed a nationwide curfew amid civil unrest and allegations of ballot-stuffing in the wake of the country’s presidential election.

Human rights groups denounce Honduras curfew as presidential vote count drags on: here.

Honduras troops shoot dead teenage girl amid election crisis protests: here.

From Common Dreams in the USA:

December 02, 2017

US Outrage Grows at Risk of Honduran Election Theft, 50 Groups Join Call

Outraged at the possibility of the theft of Honduras’ election by the discredited current administration, 50 US rights groups have joined call to urge the US to press Honduras for electoral transparency.

Elise Roberts, National Coordinator of Witness for Peace, stated: “As we return from two weeks observing and documenting in Honduras, our concerns about the Honduran electoral process and broader state violence and corruption continue to deepen. We’ve heard testimony of ongoing intimidation through use of US-funded security forces, incidents of fraud and violence at polling places, use of US-made munitions against anti-fraud protesters, and a total lack of transparency about the electoral process. Our partners in Honduras describe this process as the final phase of the coup, endorsed by US support and funding. Now more than ever, Honduras needs the people and government of the US to stand with them, to support independent, credible investigations into the electoral fraud and state violence, and to immediately cut all US funding to Honduran security forces.”

“The US government’s collusion in the Honduras coup of 2009 has resulted in eight years of massive violence, spiraling poverty, and the brutal suppression of dissent. We, as US-based groups, cannot allow the US and Honduran governments to repeat this horrific tragedy of undermining democracy,” stated Chung-Wha Hong, Executive Director of Grassroots International. “Too many lives are at stake. Democracy is at stake.”

50 US rights groups have so far joined the call for transparency include Witness for Peace/Acción Permanente por la Paz, Grassroots International, Code Pink, Friendship Office of the Americas, School of the Americas Watch, and the number continues to grow.

Worldwide media reports are multiplying of suspicious electoral tampering of Honduras’ election results by the ruling party which hand-picked the nation’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE). Nonetheless, the Chief Magistrate of the TSE, Mario Lobo, appeared to be bucking the trend when he announced late Wednesday that the official results are suspect, casting doubt on official claims of a win by incumbent candidate Juan Orlando Hernandez, of the incumbent National Party.

Up until Tuesday at 5pm, the head of the TSE, Mr. Lobo, had stated that “the winning tendency of the opposition is irreversible.” This announcement was followed by 24 hours of silence from the TSE, at the end of which the TSE unexpectedly claimed that the vote was now favoring the incumbent Mr. Hernandez. Suspicions of fraud have sparked massive outcry and protests across the country, accompanied by heavy-handed deployment of the military across the nation.

“Campesin@s and Indigenous Peoples showed up at the polls, in spite of voter intimidation, outright violence and attacks from the Honduran military, because they are defending their land and their human rights and they want change,” stated Cindy Wiesner, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance. “The world is watching again, just as we witnessed the illegal coup from 2009. We cannot allow the undermining of the democratic will of the Honduran people.”

Here’s the full call for transparency with list of signatories:

Demand Action in Wake of November 26th Honduran Elections

Open Letter to the US Congress and US State Department:

As US-based human rights, grassroots organizing, solidarity, and other civil society organizations, we write to express our deep concern about reports of fraud and state violence during and since the November 26 elections in Honduras. Since election day we have seen images of US munitions that have been used against Honduran citizens asserting their right to democracy. Colleagues and friends from throughout Honduras are sending videos of massive militarization. We write to urge you, in the strongest possible terms, to support credible, independent investigations into any and all claims of state-involvement in electoral fraud and violence during and since the November 26th elections. We reinforce our demand that you immediately suspend all US police and military aid to Honduras.

After the initial release of official results in the Honduran presidential election showed the opposition candidate leading by approximately 5 percentage points based on more than half the returns, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal did not resume releasing presidential election results for more than a day. For comparison, in the 2013 presidential election, the winner was declared with a similar proportion of the returns in. Ever since the updates resumed, the incumbent, President Hernández, has gained ground at a surprising rate and, as of Wednesday afternoon, has passed the opposition candidate, according to the tribunal’s numbers. The long delay, and the dramatic shift in the tendency of the vote count reported before and after that delay, raise serious doubts about the integrity of this election.

The US government has been an ongoing supporter and funder of the Honduran government, including clear US support for the 2009 coup which led to the right-wing National Party taking power, with Hernández as President of the National Congress from 2010-2013. Furthermore, the US has pushed forward the disastrous, failed Plan Colombia model for Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador in the form of the “Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle” aid package. This 750 million-dollar project makes conditions in Central America more “favorable” for outside investors, albeit through militarization and political reforms dressed up as anti-drug policies.

If the US has a genuine commitment to democracy, now is the time to demonstrate it, by:

Ensuring that the will of the Honduran electorate be respected in an honest and transparent, politically independent, accurate vote count by supporting credible, independent investigations into any and all claims of state-involvement in electoral fraud and violence during and since the November 26th elections;
Ending US security aid to Honduras, including police and military aid, and support for Honduran security forces through the so-called “Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle” program;
Supporting the human rights of the Honduran people in their effort to stand up to voter fraud, intimidation, and dictatorship; and
Insisting on respect for the rights of Indigenous Peoples (including Garifuna communities) and peasant communities organizing to defend and protect ancestral territories, land, water, and Mother Earth in the face of militarization and repression by the current Honduran regime.

Delegations from La Voz de los de Abajo, Code Pink, and Witness for Peace witnessed and heard testimony of the ongoing intimidation through use of security forces, including US-funded security forces, as well as incidents of fraud and violence at polling places. These continuing abuses underscore the need for the passage of HR 1299, the Berta Cáceres Human Rights in Honduras Act – and companion legislation in the Senate – which would suspend US security aid to Honduras until human rights defenders are protected and serious human rights abuses are brought to justice.

We urge you to exert all possible pressure to promote honesty and transparency for Honduras’ election and to advance the cause of HR 1299 and companion legislation in the Senate to suspend the “security” aid that is only making Honduras less secure, including at this critical moment for the country.

Current Signatories:

Witness for Peace/Acción Permanente por la Paz
Grassroots International
Code Pink
Friendship Office of the Americas
School of the Americas Watch (SOAW)
La Voz de los de Abajo
Grassroots Global Justice Alliance
Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ)
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)
St. Louis Inter-Faith Committee on Latin America (IFCLA)
Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC)
Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)
Task Force on the Americas
Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville, KY
Human Rights Observation Honduras
Climate Justice Alliance (CJA)
Latin America Task Force of Interfaith Council for Peace & Justice
Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship
WhyHunger
Global Exchange
Samuel Rubin Foundation
Global Exchange
Rights Action
Alianza Americas
Just Foreign Policy
Samuel Rubin Foundation
Cross Borders Network
US-El Salvador Sister Cities
Groundswell International
Houston Peace and Justice Center
Justicia
Nicaragua Center for Community Action (NICCA)
Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala/NISGUA
Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Food Chain Workers Alliance
Family Farm Defenders
The Resistance Center for Peace and Justice
National Lawyers Guild
Centro Presente
Houston Peace News
Ivestor Church of the Brethren Mission and Outreach Team
Rochester Committee on Latin America
Casa Baltimore/Limay
Witness for Peace Southeast
Witness for Peace Midwest
Witness for Peace Southeast
Witness for Peace Northwest
Witness for Peace New England
SouthWest Organizing Project
Nagata-Yamauchi Educational Fund
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Unidad Latina en Accion (ULA)
UU Faith Action, NJ
Minnesota Break the Bonds Campaign
Karani Media
Center for Human Rights & International Justice, Boston
Travelogue Media
Environmental Association for Latin America
GreenRoots-RaicesVerdes
CAFE at UC Berkeley (Central Americans for Empowerment)
Pioneer Valley Workers Center
San Jose Peace & Justice Center
InterReligious Task Force On Central America and Colombia

Honduras regime falsifies elections, kills protesters


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Honduras Election: One of the Worst Cases of Fraud in Recent Memory

1 December 2017

Evidence is mounting that the Honduran presidential election is being stolen so that the conservative incumbent, President Juan Orlando Hernandez, remains in office. According to CEPR‘s Mark Weisbrot, this is one of the worst cases of fraud in recent memory, but this is the outcome the Trump administration is hoping for.

By Heather Gies today:

Honduras army, police in crackdown on election unrest

Tegucigalpa – Honduras has descended deeper into crisis on Friday night as the government declared a 10-day curfew and empowered police and military to crack down on unrest that has erupted over the five-day delay in official election results being released.

The curfew, which began at 11:00pm local time, suspends the right to free movement from 6:00pm to 6:00am and directs security forces to detain anyone violating the curfew or who is “in some way suspected of causing damage to people or their property”.

The executive decree also orders the military to support the police in maintaining order, including removing road blockades and other occupations that protesters have set up throughout the capital city and across the country to pressure electoral authorities to release honest results in an increasingly contested presidential election.

President Juan Orlando Hernandez, who is seeking re-election, said the curfew was imposed to “safeguard security” after heated protests spilled over into looting on Friday.

Hernandez’ opponent, Opposition Alliance candidate Salvador Nasralla, claimed that looting was the result of infiltrators and “government operations” designed to sew panic and chaos and justify a military crackdown and curfew.

He also suggested the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) will use the shield of the curfew to announce Hernandez as president-elect with limitations on peoples’ ability to protests the results.

Imposition of the nationwide military curfew brought back memories of the 2009 US-backed military coup that overthrew President Manuel Zelaya, who now supports Nasralla and is coordinator of the Opposition Alliance.

De facto President Roberto Micheletti immediately decreed a curfew on June 28, 2009, and subsequent curfews, enforced by police an military, were sporadically imposed throughout the summer and autumn of 2009.

Honduras suffered a grave deterioration in human rights, including disproportionate use of force by security forces and targeted killings of political activists and human rights defenders.

Coup backers justified Zelaya’s removal with flawed claims he was seeking presidential re-election, which is prohibited by the Constitution. Hernandez, who supported the coup, justifies his bid for a second term in office using a contested 2015 court ruling overturning the constitutional ban that his critics say was illegal. …

Amid the unrest in recent days, riot police have fired tear gas to disperse protesters and military police have reportedly shot live bullets at protesters.

At least one person has been killed in protests in La Ceiba, according to police, and one person in Tegucigalpa, according to the human rights organisation COFADEH.

“Declaring who is the winner and who is the loser won’t resolve the problem because the crisis is installed,” COFADEH coordinator Bertha Oliva told Al Jazeera hours before the announcement of the curfew.

“Impunity and militarisation are established in the country and there are no immediate proposals to assume shared responsibility for a new social pact,” Oliva said, adding: “We are in the worst crisis the government could put us in.”

Still no results

Unrest has escalated since Wednesday night, when thousands of people took to the streets after Hernandez eclipsed Nasralla in the TSE partial official results following an hours-long silence due to technical problems.

The shift in the results contradicted what TSE magistrate Ramiro Lobo on Monday had called an “irreversible” trend towards Nasralla’s victory. On Thursday, Lobo raised concerns about the TSE’s technical issues and called for the situation to be investigated.

The TSE’s slow delivery of results from Sunday’s election and a sudden change in the direction of results in favour of Hernandez after the first report of results – which showed a 5 percent lead for Nasralla with over half of ballots counted – has stirred suspicions of manipulations and fraud.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain today:

Three people have been killed while protesting against the suspected manipulation and dozens more have been hurt.

Mr Nasralla is supported by former president Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in 2009 in a US-backed coup when the country’s wealthy elites took fright at him tacking leftwards.

Mr Nasralla has seen a substantial five-point lead over right-wing incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez evaporate as the vote counting has dragged on all week.

Mr Hernandez now supposedly has a lead of 46,000, but few credit this as an accurate account of the vote. The UN human rights office and both regional and EU observers have all criticised the electoral tribunal’s conduct. …

Tooled-up riot police have been deployed, armed with tear gas, truncheons, rubber-coated steel baton rounds and water cannon.

Miguel Osorio, a spokesman for the University School Hospital in Tegucigalpa, said yesterday that doctors there had treated 10 people for gunshot wounds since the protests began.

There was a serious increase in internal repression following the 2009 coup, with many activists murdered.

It appears that a police crackdown on opposition supporters is already under way. Foreign journalists have reported being beaten up by police while covering protests by Mr Nasralla’s supporters.

Honduras, police violence supporting election fraud


This 30 October 2017 video is about Honduras, where police violence supports probable election fraud.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Protests escalate in Honduras as vote-rigging fears continue to mount

Friday 1st November 2017

PROTESTS grew in Honduras yesterday as right-wing incumbent President Juan Orlando Hernandez emerged with a supposed slim lead for re-election following a computer glitch that shut down vote counting for several hours.

Challenger Salvador Nasralla has alleged fraud and said the official results can no longer be trusted. His five-point lead has seemingly evaporated as the drawn-out count has continued.

Mr Nasralla is supported by Manuel Zelaya, ousted as president in a US-backed coup in 2009 that reinstalled wealthy elites who were unhappy at his leftward direction.

National police and troops fired tear gas and chased Mr Nasralla’s supporters from the area in front of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal in the capital Tegucigalpa, regional news network Telesur reported.

Several people had to be taken to hospital and the police tear gas forced electoral staff to briefly evacuate their offices.

Opposition supporters had protested through the night, setting up some roadblocks and lighting bonfires.

Other protesters from the country’s interior gathered on the capital’s outskirts yesterday, preparing to march in protest.

Riot police equipped with truncheons and tear gas closed two central boulevards. Vehicles with water cannons for crowd control were visible.

The Star reported yesterday that social media videos had shown lines of army lorries carrying soldiers towards the capital.

Mr Nasralla urged his supporters to continue to protest peacefully and not be provoked into violence.

Electoral tribunal president David Matamoros said complete results would be available yesterday afternoon, after the Star went to press.

The validity of those results, however, is dubious.

Mr Nasralla noted that the tribunal’s computer systems unexpectedly shut down at 3pm on Wednesday and workers began counting unsigned ballots. Only signed ballot papers are considered valid.

In addition, electoral officials stopped publishing results on the tribunal’s website on Monday and only resumed 36 hours later under pressure from international organisations.

Deposed president Mr Zelaya noted that it was “the first time” ever that the electoral tribunal hadn’t produced results on the required schedule.

This 30 October video is called POLICE VIOLENCE FOLLOWS HONDURAS VOTE.

Honduras, coup against democracy again?


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Nasralla-Next President of Honduras

28 November 2017

Salvador Nasralla of the left-leaning Opposition Alliance is leading in the Honduras election and has as good as won according to technical experts. Nasralla’s probable victory was unexpected against the intimidation and voting irregularities practiced by the current right-wing President Hernandez who was running for re-election.

Hoewever, today:

Nasralla, who has seen his initial five-point lead evaporate in recent days, said Wednesday night that he believes the election is being stolen and that he won’t respect official results.

On Monday it had appeared Nasralla, a television personality with no prior political experience, had pulled off a stunning victory, but as the days have dragged on, his lead has melted away.

By James Tweedie:

Nasralla calls for protests over ballot fraud fears

Thursday 30th November 2017

HONDURAN presidential candidate Salvador Nasralla alleged ballot fraud yesterday, urging protests as troops rolled toward the capital.

Fears of a repeat of the 2009 US-backed coup against president Manuel Zelaya were raised after a video was posted on social media on Tuesday showing long lines of army trucks carrying soldiers on the road from Siguatepeque to La Esperanza — west of the capital Tegucigalpa.

Counting of votes in Sunday’s presidential election resumed after a mysterious two-day hiatus.

Mr Nasralla’s five-point lead over incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez rapidly shrank to 24,000 — less than 1 per cent — with around half a million ballots left to count.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal promised a final result by last night.

On Tuesday, Opposition Alliance candidate Mr Nasralla accused the ruling National Party of Honduras (PNH) of putting pressure on the tribunal, which had called his 40-45 per cent lead irreversible days earlier, to steal the election.

He said: “The company hired to give out the results, under pressure from the magistrate president, removed security mechanisms from the data transmission system.”

Mr Nasralla called on his supporters to launch protests against the fraud, insisting: “We’ve already won the election.

“I‘m not going to tolerate this and, as there are no reliable institutions in Honduras to defend us, tomorrow the Honduran people need to defend the vote on the streets.”

PNH National Secretary Juan Zelaya — no relation of the ousted president — called his supporters onto the streets on Tuesday to “defend the triumph,” despite his candidate still trailing at the ballots.

Mr Hernandez succeeded party mate Porfirio Lobo, who took over from Liberal Party congress speaker Roberto Micheletti.

Mr Micheletti was made interim president after the military coup against Mr Zelaya after he won a referendum to extend the presidential term limit — with a pledge not to seek re-election.

The coup was condoned by then US secretary of state Hillary Clinton with the support of former Republican senator Jim DeMint, a prominent backer of US President Donald Trump.

It was followed by a vicious security crackdown with the murders and disappearances of Zelaya supporters and others, including indigenous campaigner Berta Caceres.

Mr Nasralla has said his supporter Mr Zelaya would have influence in a new government, while his wife and former presidential candidate Xiomara Castro would join his cabinet.

He has also promised to review the siting of a US military air base in the country that Mr Zelaya vowed to convert to civilian use.

By Calvin Tucker:

Honduras election its like 2009 all over again

Thursday 30th November 2017

I REPORTED from inside Honduras during the US-backed coup in 2009, and it’s looking awfully like the groundwork for a second coup is being prepared.

The signs are ominous: the unexplained halting of the vote count after left alliance candidate Salvador Nasralla took an early and irreversible lead, the intimidation of journalists, the torture and murder of social movement activists and the convoys of military trucks captured on film streaming towards the capital.

Right-wing president Juan Orlando Hernandez, whose administration and family are implicated in drug smuggling and money laundering, has refused to concede defeat.

Meanwhile, after a 48-hour news blackout, the electoral authorities have begun drip-feeding extraordinary new results that showed Hernandez on course to overhaul his rival and retain the presidency.

The Honduran oligarchy and its US sponsors have long understood that democracy threatens their grip on power. Back in 2006, charismatic left candidate Manuel Zelaya convincingly won the elections, and he was duly sworn in as president. But Zelaya was in office for just three years before he was kidnapped at gunpoint by the military and flown to exile in Costa Rica.

His crime had been to double the minimum wage in a country where a quarter of children have stunted growth due to malnutrition.

At the time, there was hope that the new US president Barack Obama would deliver on his promise to open “a new chapter of engagement” with Latin America and withdraw military and economic support for the coup regime. But behind the scenes, Hillary Clinton’s State Department cut a deal with far-right Republicans to endorse the military takeover and the ousting of Zelaya.

Despite the increase in repression and killings in the years that followed, the left regrouped in a new political party called Libre and formed an anti-corruption alliance with clean politicians and public figures.

Today, we should discover whether the regime is going to allow Nasralla to take up his rightful position as president, or once again snuff out democracy at the point of a gun.