URGENT: Police shooting into Tegucigalpa crowds

Two reports sent from Wilfredo Godoy today (my translations, originals below)

Police shoot at protesters.

According the reports from Radio Globo, police shot at people marching near Mercado Zonal Belén, in Comayagüela. A witness described seeing a protester fall on the ground from a shot to the head. The victim was rushed in a car to the hospital but the witness said they were already dead.

Another witness said that a second injured person was taken for emergency treatment.

A journalist from Radio Globo told of how the police pointed their weapons at people.

Repression in El Durazno.

They did the same with another group of protesters who took the dirt road that goes from Durazno to Olancho street, contiguous with Cerro Grande. A reporter from Radio Globo said they arrested numerous people and even took away a bus full of protesters.

Their forced removal was carried out with extreme violence, using water cannons, tear gas, and helicopters.

Original:
Policía dispara a Manifestantes.

Según reporte de Radio Globo, la policía disparó a la gente en marcha a la altura del Mercado Zonal Belén, en Comayagüela. Un testigo relató que vio el momento en que un manifestante calló al suelo con un disparo en la cabeza. El herido fue llevado de emergencia en un carro hacia el hospital pero el testigo dijo que ya estaba sin vida.

Otro testigo relató que un herido más fue llevado de emergencia.

Un periodista de Radio Globo relató como la policía apuntaba a las personas con sus armas de reglamento.

Reprimen en el Durazno.

También lo hacen con otro grupo de manifestantes que tomaron la calle de tierra que del Durazno sale a la calle de Olancho, a inmediaciones de Cerro Grande. Un reportero de Radio Globo dijo que tomaron varios detenidos y incluso se llevaron un bus con manifetsatntes.

El desalojo es con extrema violencia usando tanquetas de agua bombas lacrimógenas, y hasta helicópteros

Comments

Fiction and fact needs to go into more depth

Regarding your July 29 article in Upside Down World (http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/2018/1/) I think it would be helpful, especially coming from a militant anthropologist, if you went beyond the liberal defenses of Zelaya and went after the Obama administration instead. Why do you and so many others spend all their time focusing on the puppet Micheletti regime and never mention the puppeteers, starting with the president of the United States, who gave the green light for the coup and now does everything in his power to make it permanent? And if we were to go a little deeper, we could easily see that Obama and the Honduran elites didn't overthrow Zelaya out of personal animosity, but because they are part of the transnational capitalist class, led by the United States, which is the enemy of humanity. Read James Petras, William I Robinson and Eva Golinger.

Focusing on the gorillas allows Obama to ride off on a white horse, as liberal intellectuals blame Hillary Clinton, the lobbyists, the CIA, the Republicans, Chiquita Bananas, the Southern Command, and on and on. Between liberal intellectuals and the transnational capitalist media, Obama is under absolutely no pressure to change his pro-coup policy.

Take another look

Thanks for reading the Upside Down World piece so thoughtfully. I fully agree with the thrust of your comments; however, I think if you look at the broader body of my writing on this blog, in my book, and elsewhere, and on the radio and television interviews I've been doing, you'll find I've done exactly what you're arguing for. The piece published in UDW was written with a strict word limit and had a simple goal: debunking the principle lies being propagated by the U.S. lobbyists about Zelaya and the resistance. As a militant anthropologist, one of the things I believe to be important is speaking out in a wide range of media, each of which with their own limitations (and the limitations in this case were the Philly Inquirer's, which refused to publish even that non-offensive version). Before attacking other coup opponents as "liberals," take a look at what they're actually writing, saying and doing. This is a time when Hondurans need our solidarity, not petty bickering between people who actually agree with each other and need to be focusing our efforts on ending this fascist regime.

Al Giordano is in Honduras....

And he has a good rundown of the casualties at www.narconews.com

A very bad day for democracy and the rule of international law.

Horrible news.

"tanquetas de agua": water cannons, rather than tanks? (which I think only the military have)

Do the Honduran police have helicopters, or only the military?

Nell
http://alovelypromise.blogspot.com

This is TRUE!!!

I was there, and there's tv footage showing police shooting to kill, not to disperse people.

Please, those of you who can, please send this information to as many people as you can, there's a great need for the world to know what the corporate media won't inform!

No need for me to talk about police brutality there, it was as extreme as you can think of, they even set the huge street market on fire, there's tv footage showing them setting stores and shops on fire, breaking car windows, and attacking women and children with batons and tear gas.

Problem is, Hondurans won't tolerate this any longer, sadly, lines have been crossed too many times, the regime is again miscalculating between their security forces, who are with them just because they pay them to, and the will of a people who is not afraid of their weapons, because better weapons are found anywhere in the streets.

Another big, fat miscalculation by the criminal Micheletti.

Then again... what did you expect of an old fart who has been clinically proven an idiot?

NOT A PROTEST

The actions of this police officer are regretable, however please try to get your facts straight. This happened after a soccer match between Olimpia and Motagua when fans from both sides were clashing. It had absolutely nothing to do with the political crisis in the country.

In my opinion, on the ground in Honduras, the Police and the Armed Forces have shown incredible restraint in their response to the actions of a small and extremely violent group of people trying to cause caos. They claim they are peacefully protesting, however they destroy public and private property at will, and while they repeatedly speak of their right to protest, they compeltely ignore the rights of millions of other honduras who can´t get to work, hospitals, or schools because the "peaceful" protestors are shutting down roads and highways.

Thanks for your interest in Honduras, but we´re doing fine, if you really want to help somebody out, start writing about the oppresion in Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador etc.

Cheers.

Viva Honduras!!! Viva la libertad!!!

Even worse

The fact that this officer was shooting into a non-protesting (incredibly hard to believe) crowd of soccer hooligans makes this an even worse offense. So he was shooting at unarmed non-violent citizen, and actually injuring one of them (you can see the victim bleeding and falling to the ground if you're looking).

People are not trying to cause chaos, they are reacting to the chaos begun by a violent, illegitimate regime who bit off more than they could chew. The right to protest, the right to assembly, and the right to speak out against the atrocities of a de facto government are all protected by the constitution.

And no, Honduras is NOT doing fine. The oppression there is as bad or worse than anywhere else in the world right now. My very good friend from Honduras said it best when I called to make sure she and her family were safe. "Well supposedly everything is peaceful, but there are kidnappings, beatings, and murders every day."

Read the human rights reports and read something other than the state controlled media. Pull your head out of the sand and go get your hands dirty in a protest and find out what it means to truly be a Honduran - then come tell us that the Police and Armed Forces are practicing restraint.

En Paz,

L. Jung