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?


Comunicado Montuca Sound System Sobre Lo Sucedido El 15 De Septiembre Del 2010
Posted on Septiembre 16 2010

Respetamos cualquier ideología, postura política, religión, preferencia sexual, género, raza; pero repudiamos categóricamente actos de violencia como los sucedidos hoy en el parque central de San Pedro Sula en contra de un evento de expresión artística en los cuales ciudadanos y artistas nacionales fueron agredidos físicamente por elementos de la policía nacional sin mediar palabras.

Carlos Román, percusionista de Montuca Sound System, fue agredido por tres elementos de la policía nacional, recibiendo lesiones en la espalda, mano izquierda, hombro derecho y cráneo, por éste último tuvo que ser suturado con cinco puntadas.

Carlos huyó cuando las primeras bombas de gas lacrimógeno fueron lanzadas al escenario, donde se encontraba junto a los miembros de la banda Café Guancasco begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting, que se preparaban para su presentación al publico asistente. Mientras corría, encontró a una señora llorando desconsoladamente porque no encontraba a su hija de siete años. Al escuchar esto, Carlos regresó en busca de la niña y fue cuando los tres miembros de la policía nacional lo interceptaron y lo golpearon con toletes sin preguntarle nada.

Después de la golpiza, finalmente le preguntaron “¿Qué hacía en ese lugar y porqué andaba vestido con esa camiseta?” a lo que el respondió, “Es Bob Marley”, acto seguido le propinaron el ultimo golpe.

El parque ya se encontraba desalojado y aún así elementos de la policía nacional se aprestaron al escenario a agredir a miembros del staff de la compañía Eurosound que proveía el equipo de audio para el evento. Esta gente no era siquiera parte del desfile ni las manifestaciones, ellos estaban trabajando, pero siempre recibieron golpes por parte de la policía. Estos elementos golpearon el equipo, tiraron bocinas al suelo desde el escenario y finalmente mojaron todo el equipo, destruyéndolo por completo.

Realmente nos da pena que sin provocación alguna de la gente que se encontraba en ese lugar, la policía haya llegado violentamente con sus toletes y sus gases lacrimógenos, dejando como saldo varios heridos (incluidos niños) y un muerto, un señor de edad avanzada que se dedicaba a la venta de boletos de lotería en la calle peatonal, quien murió intoxicado por los gases.

El mensaje que queremos enviar es que Montuca Sound System no pertenece a ninguna organización política pero como hondureños queremos hacer un llamado a la tolerancia, a la paz y a la unidad del pueblo hondureño que ya mucho ha sufrido. Todos tenemos derecho a pensar y opinar libremente. ¡Nadie puede robarnos ese derecho!

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