El Paraíso Copan, November 25th, 2013
Incident report from German Espinal Zúniga, esq. (my translation)
This report details the events that took place in the Minerva School in the community of La Playona in the municipality of El Paraíso, Copan.
This morning at Toncontín Airport, Austrian anthropologist and documentary filmmaker Leo Gabriel, member of the EU's election observation team, spoke out against the EU's official whitewashing report. Another person on the inside who requested to remain anonymous told me that in fact the majority of the members on the EU observation delegation were not in agreement with the official statement claiming the elections were transparent and fair, but were afraid of losing their jobs and/or future lucrative observation opportunities if they spoke out.
EU observers arriving at the airport:
An interview I gave to John Holman of CCTV Saturday night.
Radio Globo statement in English (see http://www.hondurassolidarity.org/2013/11/24/military-presence-at-radio-... for more detail):
Radio Globo denounces, that at this time, approximately 6:20am, military authorities arrived, since last night, at the antennas of transmission for Radio Globo and Channel 11, stations which did not submit to the gag order that the TSE (Honduran Supreme Electoral Tribunal) aims to impose on the country.
Brittany Peterson from Voice of Russia interviewed me a couple days ago. It's available HERE
Okay, that's really the wrong question. But LIBRE has a clever plan to document fraud at least. I, like my taxi driver on the way to an interview last night, am worried about JOH's plans for today—there are so many possible ways to mar the election (see http://hondurasculturepolitics.blogspot.com/ for frightening details on the technological option, and for everything else). My driver also gave a better explanation of symbolic violence than I have ever heard, and I wish I had been less tired and had had a recording device.
From Suyapa Portillo
November 23, 2013
Today around 10:30-11am in Hotel Suites Aurora in Tegucigalpa 5 men and 1 woman armed civilians dressed men with ski masks offered no identification, another 3 were wearing Immigration t-shirts, who went to reception. and they asked for passports for the people in the lobby who were here, as well as asked for all International Observers to come to the lobby, asked them questions and looked through their passports and took personal records. They took 2 passports from Brazilian international observers without explaining why. When they asked why, they say “because yes we can”. They explained they were tourists and still they took passports without credible cause.
Jesse Freeston: Violence and political repression by western-backed Honduran military raises questions if Sunday's presidential election will be open and fair