More details on Juan Chinchilla's escape

Particularly sickening is that the U.S. embassy in personal emails is trying to give the Lobo Government and particularly de facto golpista human rights minister Ana Pineda credit for Chinchilla's "release", when they clearly played no role other than to empower the kidnappers whose murderous patron supported the coup by, among other things, providing the plane that illegally expatriated foreign minister Patricia Rodas.

From the FNRP's site:
Juan Ramón Chinchilla is free!
Lunes 10 de Enero de 2011 23:22 Giorgio Trucchi

He escaped from his captors who were subjecting him to torture

by Giorgio Trucchi - Rel-IUF

The young peasant leader the Aguán Unified Peasants Movement MUCA and member of the directive of the Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular FNRP, Juan Ramón Chinchilla, is free. After two days in captivity Chinchilla escaped his captors and is in an undisclosed location in Honduras.

"Juan Chinchilla is fine. It is in good condition, although very worn for the beating and torture they applied”-said the popular leader and member of Executive Committee of the FNRP, Wilfredo Paz.

They burnt his hair and his arms, and was beaten and tortured. We place responsibility upon the landowners and palm producers in the area, because the Chinchilla kinapping occurs in the context of agrarian conflict in the region of Aguán " said Paz.

At this time, Juan Chinchilla is hidden in an undisclosed location in Honduras, where he arrived after managing to escape his captors.

"He managed to untie himself and took advantage that the kidnappers were asleep to escape. At about 6 am he was able to communicate with fellow MUCA members, who mobilized to the scene and helped him hide in a safe place. We are entering a new phase of violence in Lower Aguán, considered the FNRP leader-in which the action is intended to demoralize the peasant movements. We have the information that law enforcement bodies have photographs of campesino and FNRP leaders, and in this new stage will increase the hired killers to kidnap and assassinate leaders, "said Paz.

According to a first testimony given to their peers by Juan Chinchilla, among his captors were foreigners.

"The colleague confirmed that the group of kidnappers were foreigners. Some spoke English, while others spoke a language he could not understand. This implies that there are thugs in the area, paid by the landowners who are not Honduran and comply with the task of kidnapping and murdering people committed to the fight. The life of the popular leaders is in danger, "concluded Paz, and is a response to the continuing and persistent protests of organized people."

In the next few hours Sirel will contact Juan Chinchilla to know the details of this new act of intimidation and repression of peasant organizations and the Honduran people.


Honduras-Palma Africana: ¡Juan Ramón Chinchilla está libre!

Logró escapar de sus captores que le aplicaron tortura

por Giorgio Trucchi - Rel-UITA

El jóven dirigente campesino del MUCA y directivo del FNRP, Juan Ramón Chinchilla, está libre. Después de dos días en cautiverio Chinchilla logró escapar de sus captores y se encuentra en un lugar no precisado de Honduras.

“Juan Chinchilla está bien. Se encuentra en buen estado de salud, aunque muy desgastado por los golpes y las torturas que le aplicaron -contó a Sirel el dirigente popular y miembro del Comité Ejecutivo del FNRP, Wilfredo Paz-.

Le quemaron el pelo y los brazos, lo golpearon, lo torturaron. Estamos responsabilizando a los terratenientes y productores palmeros de la zona, porque el secuestro de Chinchilla se da en el marco del conflicto agrario que hay en la región del Aguán”, sentenció Paz.

En este momento, Juan Chinchilla se encuentra escondido en un lugar no precisado de Honduras, donde llegó luego de haber logrado escapar de sus secuestradores.

“Logró desatarse y aprovechó que los secuestradores estaban dormidos para escaparse. Como a las 6 de la mañana logró comunicarse con los compañeros del MUCA, quienes se movilizaron hacia el lugar y lo ayudaron a esconderse en un lugar seguro.

Estamos entrando en una nueva etapa de violencia en el Bajo Aguán -consideró el dirigente del FNRP- en la cual se pretende desmoralizar la acción de los movimientos campesinos.

Ya tenemos la información de que los cuerpos represivos tienen fotografías de los dirigentes campesinos y del FNRP, y en esta nueva etapa se va a profundizar el sicariato, para secuestrar y asesinar a los dirigentes”, dijo Paz.

Según un primer testimonio brindado a sus compañeros por Juan Chinchilla, entre sus captores habrían extranjeros.

“El compañero confirmó que en el grupo de secuestradores habían extranjeros. Algunos hablaban inglés, mientras otros hablaban un idioma que él no logró comprender. Eso implica que hay sicarios en la zona, pagados por los terratenientes, que no son hondureños y que cumplen con la tarea de secuestrar y asesinar a gente comprometida con la lucha.

La vida de los dirigentes populares está en peligro -concluyó Paz- y es una respuesta a las continuas y persistentes movilizaciones del pueblo organizado”.

En las próximas horas Sirel se comunicará con Juan Chinchilla para conocer los pormenores de este nuevo acto di intimidación y represión contra las organizaciones campesinas y el pueblo hondureño.

Comments

One line in the article pops out

"Some spoke English, while others spoke a language he could not understand."

There's not very many places that are notorious for mercenaries. Colombia is one, but that's Spanish-speaking. The US is another, but that's English-speaking. Brazil, well... it's not that well-known for mercs. Besides, anyone who speaks Spanish can understand a Brazilian, at least partially. There are certainly soldiers to recruit in the former Soviet Union, but how would their employers communicate with them? The implication is that these mercenaries were able to speak English (or Spanish), but were multilingual and chose not to use it.

That narrows the field substantially.

Indeed.

I'm not saying it. But I'm thinking the same thing.