Thursday, September 30, 2010

Coup attempt in Ecuador

Global support for Ecuador leader

Neighbours close borders with Ecuador as nations from across the Americas signal their support for Rafael Correa.

World leaders have pledged their support for Rafael Correa, the president of Ecuador, after police seized control of the capital's airport and congress.

Correa himself sought refuge in hospital in the capital, Quito, on Thursday after being teargassed by police officers protesting over plans to remove some of their benefits.

Hugo Chavez, the Venezulean president, called on other leaders in the region to rally to defend his close ally, describing the unrest as "an effort to overthrow President Correa".

"Together with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean we will be vigilant and standing in solidarity [with Correa] in this historic moment," a statement from Chavez's government said.
Borders closed

Neighbouring Peru has closed its border with Ecuador until the situation in the country is cleared up.

"I am ordering all traffic halted on the northern border until the situation is clarified and authority of President Correa restored," Alan Garcia, the Peruvian president told reporters at the government palace.

He said foreign ministers from across South America would try to travel to Ecuador in a bid to resolve the conflict.

Garcia's actions were echoed by Colombia, which also shares a border with Ecuador.

"I spoke with [Peru's president] and the two countries decided to close the borders with Ecuador as a political sign of solidarity with President Correa and with Ecuador's democracy," Juan Manuel Santos, the Colombian president, told reporters before getting on a flight for a regional meeting in Argentina on Ecuador's unrest.

Speaking to Correa before the meeting of the Organisation of American States, Miguel Insulza, the head of 35-nation body, said that the president has the "full support" of the group.

The US envoy to the OAS said that Washington condemned any unconstitutional attempt to unseat the democratically elected president.

"The US condemns any attempt to violate the democratic process and constitutional order of Ecuador," Carmen Lomellin said. "We support the democratic government in Ecuador."

The Mexican foreign ministry expressed "concern over the events today in Ecuador" and called for an effort for "dialogue and conciliation". Similar expressions of support came from leaders in Chile and Paraguay.
Concern for Correa
Europe has also signalled its support for the embattled Ecuadorean president.

"I strongly urge all parties to refrain from violence and actions which could undermine Ecuador's constitutional order and rule of law," Catherine Ashton, the European Union foreign policy chief, was quoted as saying by her spokeswoman Maja Kocijancik.
"I call for the preservation of constitutional order in Ecuador and express my full support to Ecuador's democratically elected institutions."

Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary general, said that he was deeply concerned for the "personal welfare" of Correa.

"The secretary general is deeply concerned about developments today in Ecuador, including reported acts of insubordination by some members of the police and military," a spokesman for Ban said.
"The secretary general is also concerned about the physical condition and personal welfare of President Rafael Correa."

"He welcomes the endeavours of the Organisation of American States and other regional actors to contribute to an early, constructive resolution."


Coup Attempt in Ecuador Is a Result of Sec. Clinton's Cowardice in Honduras

By Al Giordano
Oh, crap. Another year, another coup in Latin America. And while today's attempt by police forces in Ecuador went so far as to fire tear gas at elected president Rafael Correa, the military brass in the South American country have sided with the democratic order - its top general is on TV right now strongly backing the elected government - and this one isn't likely to go as well for the anti-democracy forces as last year's did in Honduras.
First, because the Ecuadorean people are far more advanced in social and community organization than their counterparts in Honduras were last year. Second, because the events last year in Honduras caused other center-left governments in the hemisphere to prepare for what everybody saw would be more coup attempts against them in more countries.
Additionally, we can expect in the coming hours that the police leaders responsible for todays events - you don't need to understand Spanish to get a pretty good idea of what went down this morning by watching the above video - will be rounded up and brought to justice, as would happen in any other country, including the United States.
But, kind reader, do you know why this is even happening? Because the same unholy alliance of Latin American oligarchs who can't stomach the rising wave of democracy in their countries - from the ex-Cubans of Miami to the ex-Venezuelans and others who have joined them in recent years - along with international crime organizations seeking new refuges and members of extreme rightist groups in the United States and elsewhere, saw their scheme work in 2009 in Honduras and took note of how quickly, after US President Barack Obama denounced the Honduras coup, his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton began playing both sides of it.
It was this newspaper, through reporter Bill Conroy's investigations, that broke the story last August that the State Department-controlled Millennium Challenge Corporation had poured extraordinary amounts of money into Honduras in the months leading up to the June 29, 2009 coup d'etat. And in story after story, we demonstrated with documented fact how Clinton's Millennium Challenge Corporation went so far as to violate the ban on US aid to the Honduran coup regime. Clinton's later endorsement of farcical presidential elections and her over-reaching attempts to pretend nothing had happened in Honduras are precisely the signals that were received by today's coup plotters in Ecuador when they made a run at toppling the democratic government there.
At present, thankfully, the coup in Ecuador seems more likely to fail than to succeed. And there will be hell to pay for those behind it. But it didn't have to get that far. That only happened because, last year, the US Secretary of State pulled off a kind of "silent coup" in US foreign policy while her commander in chief was buried with the urgent domestic tasks stemming off economic collapse and, as everyone knows, small nations get little attention almost always anyway.
This time, the White House would do well to put a much shorter leash on its Secretary of State, because her horrendous and unforgivable anti-democratic behavior regarding the Honduras coup only fueled, and continues to fuel, understandable speculation that if the United States doesn't walk its talk about opposing coups d'etat, then it must have been an active participant in plotting it. The mishandling of the Honduras situation last year did lasting damage to President Obama's stated hopes to turn the page in US relations with its closest neighbors after decades of abuse and neglect. A single misstep by Secretary Clinton today and in the future regarding the events in Ecuador, like those she repeatedly made regarding Honduras, now that the hemispheric coup plotters have moved from Central America to larger South America, will further erode the cause of democracy in the entire hemisphere. I don't trust her. Nobody south of the border does. And nor should you, Mr. President.
Update: Narco News has translated today's Statement from the Office of President Rafael Correa.
Update II: If it holds, this will be the first time in the history of the hemisphere that the Armed Forces of a country stood up against a coup d'etat from the first moment. Now, that would be democracy at work.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Another Member of the Gay Community and FNRP Found Murdered

translated by Adrienne Pine

Another Member of the Gay Community and FNRP Found Murdered

Red Morazánica de Información

Tegucigalpa Monday September 27, 2010. A member of the National Youth Society (FJN) and well-respected member of the San Pedro Sula gay community, Wilmer Alvarado, was found murdered in his room in a neighborhood in the city of San Pedro Sula.

Alvarado's body was found yesterday afternoon, more than 24 hours after he was murdered, inside the house where he lived.

According to family members, his body had evidence of multiple blows, apparently from being thrown against the walls of the apartment, which had apparently been ransacked.

Alvarado worked as an educator in the Center for Youth Development SEDEJURH in the Rivera Hernández district. He volunteered for various organizations and was an active member of the National People's Resistance Front FNRP.

According to people who knew him, he was always fighting to improve the quality of life of people with HIV-AIDS. He was a volunteer for the National AIDS Organization.

Alvarado acted for a time as treasurer of the board of directors of the FJN

Alvarado was supposed to be at a training offered through the Worldwide Lutheran Federation on Friday in the city of Comayagua, but because of work obligations was not able to go, and his family members found him dead in the apartment where he lived 24 hours after his death.

Some of his friends thought he was at the training, but instead he had been dead since Friday evening.

Encuentran asesinado a miembro del FNRP y la comunidad gay
Lunes 27 de Septiembre de 2010 15:25 Red Morazánica de Información
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Tegucigalpa 27 de septiembre de 2010. Un miembro del Foro Nacional de la Juventud FJN y miembro destacado de la comunidad gay en San Pedro Sula, Wilmer Alvarado, fue encontrado asesinado en su habitación, en un barrio de la ciudad de San Pedro Sula.

El cadáver de Alvarado fue encontrado ayer en horas de la tarde, más de 24 horas después de haber sido asesinado, en el interior de su casa habitación.

Según versiones de sus familiares, su cuerpo presentaba múltiples golpes, propinados supuestamente contra las paredes de su apartamento, el que aparentemente habría sido saqueado.

Alvarado trabajaba como educador del Centro de Desarrollo Juvenil SEDEJURH, sector Rivera Hernández, era voluntario en diferentes organizaciones y militante del Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular FNRP.

Según el relato de personas que le conocían, siempre luchó por que las personas con el Virus de inmuno Deficiencia Humana VIH-SIDA, tuvieran una mejor calidad de vida. Fue voluntario del Foro de Nacional del SIDA.

Alvarado de desempeñó durante algún tiempo como fue tesorero de la junta directiva del FNJ.

Alvarado debió dirigirse el viernes a una capacitación ofrecida por parte de la Federación Luterana Mundial, a la ciudad de Comayagua, pero por razones de trabajo no pudo venirse y sus familiares le han encontrado muerto en el apartamento donde residía 24 horas después de muerto.

Algunos de sus amigos pensaban que se encontraba recibiendo la capacitación, no obstante se encontraba muerto desde el viernes en horas de la noche.


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

FBI cites terrorism, raids homes of Honduras solidarity & other peace activists by Adrienne Pine

FBI cites terrorism, raids homes of Honduras solidarity & other peace activists

by Adrienne Pine
This is a truly frightening McCarthyite turn for the Obama administration. One of the peace activists whose homes was raided was active with the solidarity group Hands Off Honduras. Any of us could be next. No need to break any substantive laws when disagreement with the state, and thus democracy itself, becomes illegal.

Activists Denounce FBI Raids on Anti-war and Solidarity Activists Homes
Subpoenas, Searches, and FBI visits carried out in cities across the country.
We denounce the Federal Bureau of Investigation harassment of anti-war and solidarity activists in several states across the country.  The FBI began turning over six houses in Chicago and Minneapolis this morning, Friday, September 24, 2010, at 8:00 am central time.  The FBI handed subpoenas to testify before a federal grand jury to about a dozen activists in Illinois, Minnesota, and Michigan.  They also attempted to intimidate activists in California and North Carolina.

"The government hopes to use a grand jury to frame up activists. The goal of these raids is to harass and try to intimidate the movement against U.S. wars and occupations, and those who oppose U.S. support for repressive regimes," said Colombia solidarity activist Tom Burke, one of those handed a subpoena by the FBI. "They are designed to suppress dissent and free speech, to divide the peace movement, and to pave the way for more U.S. military intervention in the Middle East and Latin America."

This suppression of democratic rights is aimed towards those who dedicate much of their time and energy to supporting the struggles of the Palestinian and Colombian peoples against U.S. funded occupation and war.  The activists are involved with well-known anti-war groups including many of the leaders of the huge protest against the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, MN in September 2008.  The FBI agents emphasized that the grand jury was going to investigate the activists for possible terrorism charges.  This is a U.S. government attempt to silence those who support resistance to oppression in the Middle East and Latin America.

The activists involved have done nothing wrong and are refusing to be pulled into conversations with the FBI about their political views or organizing against war and occupation.  The activists are involved with many groups, including:  the Palestine Solidarity Group, Students for a Democratic Society, the Twin-Cities Anti-War Committee, the Colombia Action Network, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization, and the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera (a Colombian Political Prisoner).

Steff Yorek, a long-time antiwar activist and one of the activists whose homes was searched, called the raids “An outrageous fishing expedition.”

We urge all progressive activists to show solidarity with those individuals targeted by the U.S. Government.  Activists have the right not to speak with the FBI and are encouraged to politely refuse, just say “No”.

Please contact or if you would like to provide support to the targeted activists.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Honduran Regime Targets Musicians

Café Guancasco, a favorite of the coup resistance movement, sees concert attacked by police and military

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Repression's Reward in Honduras? Dinner with Obama

Dana Frank

Posted: September 24, 2010 04:38 PM

Why is the U.S. still supporting a repressive regime in Honduras? While Secretary of State Clinton continues to insist that democracy is marching forward in Honduras, President Porfirio Lobo's ongoing coup government has been escalating its violent attacks against peaceful demonstrators, opposition radio stations, and critics. Repression under Lobo has now achieved levels equal to those after Roberto Micheletti took power in the June 28, 2009 coup. Lobo's reward: dinner at the White House this week.
The details are chilling, and bald. On Wednesday, September 15 -- Independence Day, for Hondurans -- police and the military brutally broke up an opposition demonstration in San Pedro Sula, the country's second largest city. First troops broke into the entrance to Radio Uno, the only opposition radio station in the city, lobbed tear gas into its windows, trashed its offices, and very deliberately destroyed a popular statue of deposed former President Manuel Zelaya. Ten minutes into a concert in the Central Park, police suddenly stormed the stage and destroyed the instruments of all three musical groups ready to perform. At the same time, amidst clouds of tear gas and other chemicals, troops turned viciously on the peacefully gathered demonstrators, grabbing people randomly and beating them with batons. Officers beat up teenagers in a high school drum corps; they smashed all the windows and lights of a union-owned pickup truck parked nearby; an elderly man selling lottery tickets died of the tear gas.
Ever since Porfirio "Pepe" Lobo came into office as President of Honduras in January, after a fraudulent election from which opposition candidates withdrew, he's been testing what he and the nation's elites can get away with, gradually unleashing more and more violence against the opposition. On August 13 police violently attacked peaceful demonstrators in Choloma with tear gas, brutal beatings with batons, and further beatings while in detention. When teachers marched in the capital, Tegucigalpa, on August 26 and 27, they were met with tear gas, batons, and even live ammunition.
Paramilitary-style assassinations and death threats against trade unionists, campesino activists, and feminists active in the opposition continue unabated, with complete impunity. Last Friday night, September 17, gunmen shot and killed Juana Bustillo, a leader in the social security workers' union. Nine journalists critical of the government have been killed since Lobo took office. On September 19 in Tegucigalpa, unknown assailants shot at Luis Galdamez, a prominent opposition radio and TV commentator, as he entered his home with his young son. The police wouldn't even show up for an hour and a half.
Although many in the U.S. press still cast the Honduran opposition as merely supporters of deposed President Manuel Zelaya, they are united by a far deeper vision that hopes to address the country's overwhelming poverty and break the lockdown of the oligarchs on its political system and economy. The resistance has so far collected 1,346,876 signatures (out of a country of 7.8 million) calling for a constitutional convention through which to refound Honduran society.
The opposition is also trying hard to stop a wave of economic aggression against its already impoverished working people. It is demanding that Lobo finally declare a new minimum wage, as he has been legally mandated to do for months now. It is also trying to stop a draconian reformation of the country's basic labor law, that will not only destroy full-time, permanent employment -- which in turn, is legally necessary for workers to form unions -- but allows employers to pay 30% of what they they owe employees not in actual money but in company scrip -- with its value set by the company. 

President Lobo persists in cloaking his repressive military-led rule by calling it a "government of national reconciliation." All the repression, in his fictional world, is just common crime. Yes, common crime, much of it gang-led, is hideously rampant in Honduras. But it flourishes in the ripe climate of mass poverty the Honduran oligarchs foster; and it doesn't account for the selective assassinations of opposition activists and journalists, over and over. And Lobo, of course, not the gangs, is the one ordering the police to attack demonstrations and countenancing paramilitary assassinations.

The Obama administration supports this chilling regime one hundred percent. Military aid has been fully restored. The International Monetary Fund on September 10 announced an additional $196 million loan to Honduras. Preposterously, just Lobo launched the tear gas on Independence Day in Honduras, Hillary Clinton praised once again its "resumption of democratic and constitutional government." 

Rather than extol Lobo, send him more and more guns and funds, and invite him a gracious dinner with other presidents visiting the United Nations, Obama should cut all ties with the regime and stop pressuring the Organization of American States to re-admit Honduras. The White House should heed a letter currently circulating in Congress, sponsored by Representative Sam Farr, and cut all military aid. And please, no dinners legitimating repressive, fraudulent thugs.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A cry of moral outrage over repression in San Pedro Sula

Translated by RAJ, from the blog Honduras Culture and Politics:

From Nuestra Palabra on September 16, by the Jesuit-run RadioProgreso:
On the evening news on the 15th of September on a radio station of national scope, the news presenter was precise: "In San Pedro Sula the so-called resistance did its thing [hizo de la suyas]". There was nothing missing from the press release: the leaders of the resistance, among them the youthful group of music with a social message, Café Guancasco, provoked the police, promoted disorder and violence. The police had no choice but to act in their defense. There was no mention of the death nor of the wounded, much less of the threats to journalist colleagues.

The media siege continues its course and its implacable format. There doesn't exist even the slightest shred of opening for a journalism of minimum ethics. And this is so because the behavior of the Honduran elites in relation to those who oppose their privileges continues unimpeachable. Their decision is invariable and implacable: to make use of that which they can, without concern for the human costs, with the goal of preserving their privileges. There is no possible road unless it is that of their earnings and using the State for the strict advantage of their interests.

The case of the country continues intact. Here there is no commission of truth that is worthwhile, and if it has worth it is because it says things in such a way that it leaves intact all the case of the country. So yes, the spokespeople of these elites, in full tune with the tightrope walkers and the prudent, shout themselves hoarse speaking of reconciliation, of peace and of unity. And with pleasure they will accept and promote the embraces-- with all the photos for circulation-- of those opponents that guarantee that the case of the country will continue intact.

In the logic of these minorities, the good are the people who promote individual moral change without ever questioning the state of things that sustains and justifies exclusion and structural inequality. The ideal is to have the top businessmen and politicians whose goodness is expressed in donations to support works of charity in parishes or religious ministries of the prudent and the tightrope walkers, without upsetting anything deep that would place at risk the model producing inequalities.

But when the people and groups demand structural changes that break with exclusion, and when they demand a new structuring of the country that breaks with the control of the State and of the society by wealthy and privileged minorities, then to the fire with them, because they incarnate wickedness, attempt against democracy and the laws, they are servile to international slogans and enemies of reconciliation and peace.

In San Pedro Sula there was a repression with evident signs of premeditation and calculation, and an abusive use of force that only confirms the reality: the small wealth and power elite understands that what is happening in Honduras is a war, and from their privileged trench, they don't value compromises: the resistance is their enemy and only its extermination is worthwhile.

All the rest, call it reconciliation, dialogues, State of Law, respect for human rights, Truth Commission, unity, Plan for the Nation, are interesting themes to fill agendas that distract the unwary and entertain the prudent, the tightrope walkers and the international community. For them the case is more than clear: here we are at war, and the media siege is an essential part of the trench from which is launched the mortal attack against everything that promotes minimal consensus that would save the country from the galloping barbarism in which we are now trapped.

Another nurse union leader murdered in targeted assassination

Sat, 09/18/2010 - 10:12 — by Adrienne Pine 
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.


Las enfermeras del Seguro Social lamentaban en los pasillos la muerte de la dirigente sindical.

Who will take responsibility for this?

Who will take responsibility for this?
by Carlos Roman on Thursday, 16 September 2010 at 11:58

We, Montuca Sound System, respect every ideology, political view, religion, sexual preference, gender, and race, but we strongly condemn acts of violence such as those which occurred today, September 15th, at Central Park in San Pedro Sula. This violence occurred against an event of artistic expression in which citizens and artists were physically assaulted by members of the national police without warning or reason.

Carlos Roman, percussionist in Montuca Sound System, was attacked by three members of the national police, receiving injuries to his back, left hand, right shoulder and skull, the latter was sutured with five stitches.

Carlos, like many fellow Hondurans, had gathered downtown with family and friends enjoying the Independence Day Parade, and was awaiting the start of a Café Guancaso concert. He was conversing with the band members who were preparing for their concert, but he immediately fled the scene when the national police arrived and the first tear gas bombs were thrown at the stage. While running from the scene, he came across a woman who was weeping inconsolably because she had been separated from her 7 year old daughter during the commotion. Upon hearing this, Carlos immediately returned to the scene in search of the lost girl and it was at this point that three members of the national police intercepted him and beat him with clubs without asking a single question.

After the beating, one police officer finally asked, “What are you doing here, and why are you wearing that shirt?” To which he replied, “It’s Bob Marley,” thereupon receiving the final blow.

The park was almost vacant when Carlos came to. However, there were still members of the police lingering around the stage area where the staff of Eurosound, the company who was providing the sound equipment for the event, were working to protect their equipment. These workers were not downtown to watch the parade with family and friends or to be part of any demonstration, they were simply there to work. The police officers began to beat these workers as well, throwing speakers from the stage, and then finally bringing in a water truck to soak the remaining equipment, therefore destroying it completely.

We feel ashamed that the national police would use violence where people were peacefully gathered celebrating their country and perform such violent acts. They arrived with their wands and tear gas, leaving several injured (including children) and one dead - an elderly man who was selling lottery tickets on the sidewalk was poisoned by the gas.

The message that we, Montuca Sound System, want to send is that we do not belong to any political organization, but as Hondurans we want to make a call for tolerance, peace, and unity of the Honduran people who have already suffered greatly. Everyone is entitled to think and express opinions freely. No one can steal that right from anyone!

We want to know…

Who will take responsibility for this?


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Police Agression against Radio UNO and Resistance in San Pedro Sula

Al aire, acongojados periodistas de Radio UNO indignados por agresión policial contra la emisora y la resistencia sampedrana

Red Morazánica de Información
Tegucigalpa. 16 Septiembre 2010. Indignación popular se manifestó en numerosos llamadas telefónicas del público por la agresión policial a la Radio Uno, en San Pedro Sula, donde la Policía lanzó bombas lacrimógenas directamente a la emisora y contra la manifestacion de la Resistencia local durante la conmemoración de los 189 años del asesinato de Francisco Morazán por la oligarquía independentista.
Mientras los comunicadores, Eduardo Coto y  Karen Mejía, acongojados manifestaban indignación y llamaban al pueblo con acceso a Internet, a enviar torrentes de mensajes internacionales   para que se supiera en el mundo la represión policial contra el pueblo y la libre expresión y manifestación.
Mejía,  anunció que como Frente de Resistencia  “ya hemos enviado a los organismos internacionales de derechos humanos, porque han incursionado con violencia en la Radio UNO”.
“…hoy es día de los ‘romeos’, de los ‘michelettis”,  día de  fiesta de los generales y coroneles que se llenaron los bolsillos con el dinero  que pagó la turcada para dar el golpe de Estado”, manifestó Coto.
Según ha sido denunciado por el propio presidente Manuel Zelaya, el golpe de Estado fue impulsado por las 10 familias, en su mayoría de origen palestino, que ejercen el poder fáctico en Honduras.
El periodista se refería al general Romeo Vásquez Velásquez, a Roberto Micheletti y a la cúpula militar,  que ejecutaron el golpe de Estado y a las celebraciones tradicionales de independencia que eses grupo hace.
“Es día de tristeza para las familias humildes que fueron gaseadas en La Plaza Resistencia”, contrastó Coto.
Un adulto mayor de 70 años, lotero de la plaza, quien padecía de asma, murió asfixiado por los gases.  Y,  se ha asegurado la muerte de una niña; aunque fue confirmada anoche por llamada telefónica a esa radio, no hubo más información. Sre eportó que hubo 37 personas detenidas, ya liberadas.
Las nubes de gases alcanzaron a los niños, las niñas, adultos mayores que participan de la manifestación,  o que simplemente se encontraban en el parque.
Varios grupos de familias que participaban de la movilización de la Resistencia, quedaron temporalmente disgregadas.
Agregó Coto que se supone que el ataque policial fue ordenado por el alcalde, Juan Carlos Zúniga,  o a inciativa del sub comisionado,  Iván Mejía Velásquez, jefe de la Policía sampedrana.
Críticas al humanismo cristiano del régimen de Porfirio Lobo.
Coto lamentó que en Hondura, los jóvenes son “gobernados por una banda de criminales, por gente que no tiene conciencia de lo que es el humanismo de lo que es el derecho”.
Y crítico: “Cuál justicia social, con  esa sonrisa socarrona han visto a los padres y madre a sus hijos,  con esa sonrisa taimada, con esa sonrisa fingida,  este es el gobierno de los turcos voraces e insaciables, de esos turcos que llenaron el bolsillo del general y coroneles de las Fuerzas Armadas  de Honduras para perpetrar el Golpe”
Un golpe bajo contra el pueblo en Resistencia.
Los abogados en Resistencia se fueron a las postas a tomar nombres y a proteger a los periodistas que arriesgaron sus vidas para informar al pueblo, dijo Coto.
Carlos Román de Café Guancasco resultó con una herida en la pierna al igual que Ernesto Bardales, a quien  le fracturaron una pierna y “la policía se ensaño con él”.
El poeta Cesar  Lanza,  denunció que “han golpeado salvajemente a Ernesto Bardales”.
Lanza, aseguró que “se trató de un plan preconcebido, en cuanto nosotros íbamos a doblar por la segunda avenida ellos ya tenían una tanqueta lista”.
Dijo que hubo represión en Choluteca y en San Pedro menos en Tegucigalpa: “posiblemente porque se encontraba la esposa de Zelaya y mostrar  al mundo que ellos no son agresivos, sino que es la Resistencia. La policía presentó un arma. Es una canallada lo que hizo Iván Mejía con respaldo del ejército porque se culminaría en la Catedral”.
Varios instrumentos musicales y equipo de algunos de los artistas en resistencia  fueron destruidos en el ataque policial.  Se mencionó que fueron perjudicados, Mario de Mezapa y Café Guancasco.
La Policía prioriza el ornato de la ciudad, antes que la vida humana.
A pesar de que los policías se mantenían en la plaza, hasta cerca de la una de tarde, la gente regresaba al lugar y dijeron que los policías les decían “váyanse mierdas de aquí… tan bonita que estaba la ciudad y la han venido a arruinar”, reveló una oyente en llamada telefónica.
Medios tradicionales inculpan a la Resistencia  y pretenden  justificar la reacción policial de acuerdo a la versión misma de la Policía.