Saturday, August 28, 2010

The government of "unity and reconciliation" sent army to attack brutally demonstrating teachers second time in a row, shooting with real bullets and firing over 100 tear gas grenades inside University

*Dozens of teachers have been arrested in the last couple of days
*Police have shot at the protestors  with real bullets and have affected not only protestors, but the whole population living/circulating in the surroundings of the demonstration, including children who have been affected by tear gas
*Over 5 journalists from different media (several from TIEMPO, Radio Globo, and Cholusat Sur) have been beaten up by state security forces in the last three repressive actions against the teachers.

Over 100 tear gas grenades thrown today by the army inside the Universidad Pedagógica 

Friday, August 27 2010 16:25
The teachers suffered brutal repression today once more. This time, the military reached a point of throwing over 100 tear gas grenades inside the Universidad Pedagógica. 

The gases spread several hundreds of meters towards the surroundings. Businesses like Mall Miraflores were closed compltely and the road that leads to Danli and Col Kennedy was closed. 

Human Rights organizations confirmed the situation in situ and are still present in the zone.

There are many people suffering the effects of the gases, from diarrea to skin problems.

This is the second day in a row in which the military repress teachers who demand the money which was robbed from INPREMA by the de facto government to be returned. 

Once again, there is evidence of very little will and interest in the government of Pepe Lobo to find solutions to the problems of the country, as  disproportionate use of force is used by the state throughout its repressive bodies after the coup d'état.


Update 5_00 p.m. Radio Globo and Globo TV  labeled as brutal and genocide repression what happened inside the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional Francisco Morazán this afternoon, after police broke inside the facilities of the university and beat savagely  teachers, pregnant women and children: On Globo TV, a 7 year old child was shown in state of shock shivering because of inhaling tear gas.

Journalist Carlos Paz of Radio Globo beaten savagely when he was inside the University reporting the events. The Universidad Pedagógica was declared a Nazi-styled concentration camp.

From the Social Security and Hospital Escuela (state hospitals) teachers complained that they will not become assisted.

Despite people surrendering, the University has been saturated with gases. From a Toyota Ford Runner vehicle, silver 2000, licence plate pbj9117, belonging to the National Congress of the Republic, teachers were shot. Hitmen, paramilitary at the service of the oligarchy were shooting against teachers. 

Radio Globo also reported that its signal and Globo TV's was being cut in the national territory. 


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Another Journalist Killed in Honduras

Imagen activaTegucigalpa, Aug 25 (Prensa Latina) With the death of reporter Israel Zelaya, 10 journalists have been murdered in Honduras so far this year, authorities reported Wednesday.

  Zelaya's body was found with three gunshots to the head on Tuesday night, on a sugarcane plantation near the city of Villanueva, 200 km north of the Honduran capital, Security Ministry spokesman Leonel Sauceda said.

According to the official, Zelaya was kidnapped and moved by taxi to the area where he was murdered.

The 62-year-old commentator was working for the radio station Radio Internacional in San Pedro Sula in the Caribbean region. Three months ago, he had reported that a group of unidentified people people burned down his house.

His death brought the number of murdered news workers to 10. It is one of the sectors most affected by repression in the country since the 2009 coup d'etat.

Over 300 attacks on journalists were reported, including murder, abuse, intimidation, condemnation and even the shutting down of news agencies.

Just in the first half of 2010, nine journalists were violently killed, while others had to leave the country after being threatened.

Nevertheless, only two men are in jail for alleged links to these crimes.

Modificado el ( miércoles, 25 de agosto de 2010 )

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Massive and brutal repression of teachers by police (yesterday)

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Source: FIAN-Honduras

Repression at the UPN

by Adrienne Pine

This story is confirmed: striking teachers are being violently ousted by military with teargas (L.1500 per canister) from the UPNFM (National Pedagogical University "Francisco Morazán") as I write this. This picture was posted to Facebook by a witness, who wrote:
sadistic brutes, a man almost died in front of me from that damn gas!!! violent repression!sadicos represores un senor casi se muere frente a mi por ese maldito gas!!! violenta represion!
Union leaders are calling for everyone to come to the UPN, and meanwhile soldiers have entered the neighboring mall Plaza Miraflores and are ousting people from there. TV and Radio Globo are reporting on it.

More on yesterday's police violence against teachers

Police shooting teargas canisters into the National Pedagogical University "Francisco Morazán"Policías disparando bombas lacrimogenas dentro de la UNIVERSIDAD PEDAGÓGICA NACIONAL FRANCISCO MORAZAN
Teachers union leader Professor Luis Sosa was brutally beaten by the Honduran police forceEl dirigente magisterial, Profesor Luis Sosa fue golpeado brutalmente por la fuerza policial de Honduras

A number of professors, after being teargassed and savagely beated, were arrested and charges manufactured against them. Those imprisoned include Andres Martinez, Carlos Anaribas, Luis Sosa and Edgar Soriano. Human rights and healthcare workers were denied access to them for the duration of their approximately 12-hour detention, following which they were left at a private clinic. Tom Loudon, who is on site working with the Comisión de Verdad, writes:
The hard to believe part is that there were videos on several TV stations today that clearly showed the teachers being attacked by the police- of good enough quality that the attackers could easily be identified. In spite of this, charges are being filed against those who were attacked.
We can be confident that the release of these professors is in large part due to the quick and forceful response from the resistance and the national and international human rights community, who called the Lobo government to account. But more broadly, this demonstrates once again that the current regime is the coup regime, a de facto military state that fears non-violent protest, fears the Honduran people, and is terrified of democracy.

Images of today's repression in UPNFM and Plaza Miraflores

The driver of a public bus in which a friend was a passenger fainted from the tear gas, while passing by the attacks. These are images of the repression from Facebook and Globo TV:

Police attack journalist from Canal 36

This add to the dozens of stories of yesterday's police and military brutality, in response to striking teachers' demands for living wages and adequate conditions in which to teach the nation's poor (since the rich almost without exception go to private schools).
Police beat up Canal 36 journalist
Friday August 20, 2010
The journalist Richard Casulá from Canal 36 and his cameraman were attacked by the police while covering the removal of teachers in the country's capital.
The official statement of the police spokesman Leonel Sauceda justified the attack on the teachers, because a journalist from Radio America allegedly had been attacked by the teachers. Nonetheless, Casulá, rather than being protected, was attacked by the police themselves who were supposedly concerned about the security of the other journalist.
The journalist was beaten and they tried to stop his cameraman from filming images of the police brutality.
Casulá has been subject to police brutality previously, following the coup d'etat against Manuel Zelaya Rosales.

Policía golpea a periodista de Canal 36
Viernes 20 de Agosto de 2010 23:37 Red Morazánica de Información
Tegucigalpa 20 de agosto de 2010. El periodista Richard Casulá, del canal 36 y su camarógrafo, fueron agredidos por la policía mientras cubrían el desalojo de los maestros en la capital del país.
Las declaraciones del vocero de la policía Leonel Sauceda, justificó el ataque a los docentes, porque supuestamente un periodista de Radio América, habría sufrido una agresión por parte de los docentes. Sin embargo, Casulá, en lugar de ser protegido, recibió agresiones de los mismos policías, supuestamente preocupados por la seguridad de otro periodista.
El periodista fue golpeado y pretendieron impedir que su camarógrafo grabara imágenes de la brutalidad policial.
Anteriormente, Casulá ha recibido agresiones de la policía, después del golpe de Estado, contra Manuel Zelaya Rosales.

Tegucigalpa smells of blood, smoke and dictatorship

Tegucigalpa smells of blood, smoke and dictatorship
Friday, August 20
(my translation)
Friends, compañeros brothers and sisters of the world, this afternoon we were subjected to a brutal repression by the agents of State security, despite the fact that we are supposedly in a "government of reconciliation and unity." Teachers who had been on strike for 15 days, the majority of whom accompanied by their children, were resting in the open areas inside the Pedagogical University when they were surprised by a helicopter being used to throw tear gas canisters, police shooting so-called "rubber bullets" and attacking with their batons and clubs, armored cars, and all the repressive force of the State against a people who were peacefully protesting, a people who do not want to see their nation destroyed, ransacked by the oligarchy of this country, while Hugo Llorens (the U.S. ambassador) watches as his orders are carried out by politicians who are nothing more than sheep. This makes clear that the situation created by the coup [el golpismo] is intact and the institutions of justice are watching safely within their towers.

If there is anything you can do to help us, it is time to raise your voice to the world to let them know about the savage regime we are living under.
Wilfredo Cardona Peñalva

Tegucigalpa Huele a sangre, humo y a dictadura
Amigos compañeros hermanos del mundo, esta tarde hemos sido objeto de una brutal represión por parte de los órganos de seguridad del Estado y esto que estamos en “reconciliación y gobierno de unidad,” maestros en huelga desde hace 15 dias, que la mayoría se hacen acompañar de sus hijos, descansado en los predios de la Universidad Pedagógica, cuando fueron sorprendidos por helicóptero utilizados lanzar bombas lacrimógenas, haciendo disparos "bala de goma", toletes garrotes, la tanqueta, todos las fuerzas represivas contra un pueblo que se manifiesta pacíficamente, pueblo que no desea ver a su patria destruida, saqueada por los grupos oligárquicos de este país, Hugo Loren (embajador USA) observando cómo sus ordenes la cumple sus políticos que casi son unos borregos. Esto es evidente que el golpismo esta intacto y los órganos de justicia observando desde sus jaulas.
Si pueden hacer algo por nosotros es hora de levantar la voz ante el mundo mas civilizado que los nuestros
Wilfredo Cardona Peñalva

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Police beat and injured resistance protesters in eviction in Choloma

Nelia Esmeralda Méndez, a protestor, said a police attacked her with a club. 


Preventive Police and from the Cobra Commando threw tear gas grenades and beat up with clubs hundreds of people from the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP) who blocked the main road in Choloma, protesting for a minimum wage raise and against the possible privatization of public services such as education and health, as well as the politization of state institutions.  

Members of the front had blocked the main road which connects San Pedro Sula with Puerto Cortés at 7:00 am on the bridge crossing River Choloma as, as part of a protest scheduled against the new law of temporary jobs and to demand a salary raise to all workers. 

At 9:40 in the morning, a Cobra squad truck arrived with over 60 elements equipped with masks, shields, helmets, clubs, bulletproof vests, 9mm guns and tear gas grenades guns.

Ruy Díaz, carried by citizens will sue policemen for physical agression carried out before the eviction 

Jimmy Sorto, a leader of the Front who participated in the demonstration, denounced before journalists that, "police beat savagely Ruy Diaz for no reason. They continue violating human rights in Honduras". 

Eduardo Coto, a journalist who forms part of the resistance and who is an active member, became one of the first people arrested due to interferring in favor of Jorge Alberto Alvarado, who was violently arrested by the police. 

“They were going to beat up that man and they were going to vent their anger on him (Alvarado)" Coto explained, reason for which he protested against the policemen. 

DIARIO TIEMPO journalists witnessed that police contingents also detained and physically attacked other citizens who circulated the area and who were not part of the demonstration, amongst them, Edgar Ramos, a youth who was on his way back home after looking for a job.  

Due to the tear gas thrown by the policemen, a child was about to die asphyxiated, but a citizen took her out of the eviction  scene in his arms. Afterwards, a police took her to a medical center in a bike driven by a civilian.  

DIARIO TIEMPO journalists observed how police, preventive as well as cobras, dragged and beat with clubs several citizens who had already surrendered and even in the bed of the police patrol. 

A police beating up with his club two detained
Nelia Esmeralda Méndez, a protester, considered herself one of those victims, since a police attacked her with a club. "He beat me on the head", she told journalists of TIEMPO, while she was bleeding and had blood all over her head, forehead, and hands. 

Besides Méndez, Ana Rosa Díaz Castillo, owner of a grocery shop (pulpería), denounced that police came inside her business and threw gases inside beating people who were inside. 

“They beat up the boys who were buying and with these bombs they threw, my kids were almost drowning inside", said Díaz Castillo. 

On the streets, tear gas cartridges  and 9 mm cases were left. 
Ana Rosa Díaz Castillo, owner of a pulpería, while she was showing one of the tear gas cartridges thrown inside her business.  

Police agents attacked physically a jorunalist of DIARIO TIEMPO in order to prevent him of taking pictures at the moment that they were beating up detained citizens.

A reporter and a photographer of DIARIO TIEMPO witnessed how Preventive Police agents, beside throwing them into the bed of the patrol, once inside were beating the detained with clubs. 

To prevent the photographer of taking the pictures, police placed their shields in front of the camera and beat him up. 

 A citizen takes a little girl out of the scene, so that she doesn't inhale the gases 

Wounded and detained in Choloma during Resistance Protests 

One year and 5 days ago, a violent repression took place in Choloma on August 13, 2009. Once again the police attacked brutally on August 18, 2010, protestors from the Popular Resistance in the main road that leads to Puerto Cortés, in the city of Choloma.  

Dozens of people were beaten, over 15 detained, amongst them a minor and 5 of them accused of sedition before the tribunals by the Public Prosecutor.

Police persecuted people of all ages through neighbouring streets beating them up with clubs and kicking the,. Neighbours complained since several tear gas bombs were thrown inside their houses affecting their kids. 

Didier Alexander Carías was caught by police and thrown by them to river Choloma. Afterwards, a group of policemen came down and took him in a patrol. He is now in the regional hospital, where he was put on casts, since he received multiple fractures and is being watched by a policeman, because he is one of the five persons accused of sedition, which means that he is going directly to the tribunals after leaving the hospital. 

A Cobra police officer took José Alcides Álvarez's,  graphic journalist of Comunicación Comunitaria, camera and all of his working equipment, then he was tied up with his own shoelaces and was taken to the police station in Choloma, where all the detained were taken to. Also his ten year old boy was beaten by the police. 

Another graphic journalist from Diario TIEMPO was beaten when he tried to take pictures of the police beating the detained on top of police patrols. 

Before the eviction began, Ruy Díaz, leader of the National Front of Popular Resistance in the region, was beaten up savagely and was taken inside a patrol, but was thrown from the vehicle some streets ahead when being followed by members of the Resistance. 

Ruy Díaz was transferred by his colleagues to be assisted in emergency at the Social Security Hospital of San Pedro Sula and was discharged some hours later. 

The ones accused of sedition who will be present on thursday 19 at the tribunals are:  Juan Carlos Aguilar, José Eduardo Coto, Jorge Alberto Alvarado, Roberto Lobo Echeverría, and  Didier Alexander Carías.

On August 13 2009 durante, during another similar eviction, dozens of people were beaten and detained, wounded, and a  woman raped. Even though during that occassion many denounciations  were carried out with plenty evidence before the Human Rights Prosecutor, to date none of the responsible ones has been tried.  
Bartolo Fuentes
Comunicación Comunitaria
Jueves 19 agosto