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More on the kidnapping of two Human Rights Accompaniers

  1. An Urgent Action, translated to English, from PROAH
  2. translation (from PROAH) of Giorgio Trucchi's article on the kidnapping, below:

Honduras: “Tragically, the terror that we experienced for two hours is part of daily life for this village” says the human rights observer who was held captive

Security measures

A week before coming to Honduras I was at a nice outdoor barbecue party with a lot of government employees and mosquitoes that did not carry the dengue virus. A Honduran friend, Dalia, happened to be there as well. At one point, standing with a small group of other party-goers, our conversation turned to Facebook. My general complaint, in addition to being monitored for nefarious purposes by the government and who-knows-what-else, is addiction.

Human Rights Accompaniers Kidnapped to Protect Mining Operation

Two days ago two international (French and Swiss) human rights accompaniers with PROAH were kidnapped by 7 heavily armed men reinforced by several dozen mine employees with machetes working for Lenir Pérez, son-in-law of Miguel Facussé. They had been staying with a family in El Zapote, near La Nueva Esperanza, to accompany them and the community as community members stood up to threats they had received for refusing to sell their lands to Pérez.

U.S. Government Cover-up Of Drug War "Ahuas" Killing of Four

US Embassy, DEA Obstructing Investigation Into Drug War Killings in Honduras
26 July 2013, by Sandra Cuffe and Karen Spring

More than a year has passed since a DEA-assisted drug war operation in the Honduran Moskitia killed four indigenous Miskitu civilians, and relatives of the victims are still looking for answers. Responses have been few and far between. Honduran judicial authorities highlight a lack of cooperation from the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa, impeding their investigation.

What everyone's talking about in Honduras

Former(?) death squad leader Billy Joya in debate with David Romero and César Silva (as uploaded and titled by Joya himself):

More reporting from Fred Alvarado (featuring David Vine!)

Part Two: Coup anniversary protest at the World Bank:

Part Three: Interview with David Vine (in English with subtitles):

More Río Blanco resources

See SOAW's moving essay on the burial of COPINH leader Tomás García, murdered in cold blood last week by the US-trained and funded Honduran military defending mining projects funded by Chinese and Canadian capital. This murder is a part of a campaign of terror being carried out by a state that is terrified of the brewing insurrection within hundreds of indigenous and campesino communities threatened by hydroelectric and related mining projects.

Today: Police and Military Attack Students in front of the UNAH

My translation. News report in El Tiempo here

URGENT ALERT...POLICE AND MILITARY REPRESS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND VIOLATE UNIVERSITY AUTONOMY

Tegucigalpa, D.C. 2:30 p.m.

The National Network of Human Rights Defenders denounces the repression being carried out by members of the National Police and Army against students of the flagship Tegucigalpa National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), after a street protest in front of the campus. At 1pm the repression began with tear gas canisters fired, once again, in an indiscriminate and excessive fashion to such an extent that at the release of this alert, the police and soldiers have retreated because they ran out of tear gas.

Back in Town

I spent many extra hours in the airport on both ends. I found myself inside Tegucigalpa customs short the 9 suitcases that didn't make the transfer in Miami (the airline neglected to inform me there was a temporary embargo on boxes to Tegucigalpa, so I missed my first flight) and waiting for a veterinarian to come sign a form in triplicate (USD$100 to her, $20 to agricultural inspection) promising to give my cat a shot in a few days.

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