Injuries and arrests following protests at the National Congress of Honduras

Letter from the Honduran Embassy in DC, my translation (I did this a week ago but was so busy I forgot to post it)

Injuries and arrests following protests at the National Congress of Honduras

Tegucigalpa, Honduras August 13, 2009

In the plaza below the National Congress yesterday, violence was unleashed against protesters who faced insults and provocations from those responsible for order and security, and for guaranteeing the right to peaceful protest in favor of the return of constitutionality to Honduras. It is reported that there were 23 arrests, and the exact number of injured is unknown.

Numerous protesters infiltrated the peaceful marches inciting vandalism and provoking unrestrained, savage repression by the army and police who, armed with clubs, tear gas and rubber bullets, injured and jailed a large number of the citizens who protested peacefully against the legislative proposal to approve a law to strengthen the ranks of the national army by instituting a military draft.

Well into the evening, more than 23 people remained jailed in the barracks of the Special Forces, or "Cobra Battalion," in the 21st of October neighborhood of the capital city, many of them gravely wounded and denied any sort of medical attention. These included minors, women, students, peasants, and workers.

On the state television channel the de facto president threatened the protesters and branded them "terrorists," making clear his intent to continue using repressive measures and inciting the population to denounce any plan for protest or organization, closing with a "prayer" to the divine creator to help Honduras win the soccer match against Costa Rica.

In the Teacher's University (Universidad Pedagógica), the repressive forces used blows and tear gas to force out protesters who had come from the far reaches of the country, walking for days to the capital city to assert their constitutional right to protest, as stated in articles 78 and 79 of the Honduran constitution.

Among the arrested are human rights advocate Alex Matamoros, member of the Center for the Investigation and Promotion of Human Rights (CIPRODEH), Democratic Unification (UD) party Congressman Marvin Ponce, who appears to have suffered two bullet wounds, as well as one of the reporters for channel 36 and Ms. Alba Ochoa, coordinator of the Green Development Foundation Centro America (GDFCA), who was sent to the hospital with serious facial injuries.

The names of the arrested individuals are:

1. Avilio Antonio Izaguierre, 23
2. Florentino Izaguirre Hernandez, 32
3. Santos Ricardo Pena Pavon, 22
4. Emerson Barahona Avila, 25
5. Daniel Angel Carcamo Sanchez, 23
6. Osmin Daniel Santillana, 27
7. Nilko Duran, 30
8. Santos Rene Herrera, 53
9. Justo Pastor Mondragon, 65
10. Darwin Said Hernandez Carbajal, 23
11. Lisandro Gomez Martinez, 56
12. Mario Rodrigo Ardon Betancourt, 20
13. Nelson Gustavo Rivera Lopez, 32
14. Jose Natividad Perez Lorenzo, 48
15. Oscar Marcell Murillo, 22
16. Ariel Arturo Sierra Coello (minor), 16
17. Allan Samael Cruz (minor)
18. Santos Ricardo Pena Pavon, 21
19. Darwin Amaya Alvarado, 22
20. Magdalena Lazo Pineda, 48
21. Alba Leticia Ochoa Camacho, 53
22. Sergio Raul Jerezano Cruz (minor), 16
23. Wilmer Domingo Lopez Marroqui, 26
24. Arturo Flores Baleriano, 36
25. Mabel Carolina Lopez.

At this time, eleven people injured with facial wounds, broken ribs, arms and legs have been freed. The only minor to have been freed is Ariel Arturo Sierra.

Fourteen people remain incarcerated without charge, possibly having been sent to other centers of incarceration whose names have not been revealed by police authorities, in clear violation of article no. 71 of the constitution, and of individual rights.

We call on the international community to take measures against this oppressive regime that is bringing the country to the brink of full-scale armed conflict.

Original
HERIDOS Y DETENIDOS POR PROTESTAS EN LOS BAJOS DE CONGRESO NACIONAL DE HONDURAS

Tegucigalpa, Honduras 13 de Agosto del 2009.

En los bajos de Congreso Nacional, se desata la violencia contra manifestantes que ante los insultos y provocaciones de los elementos del orden y seguridad debieron garantizar el respeto a la manifestación pacífica en favor del retorno del hilo constitucional en Honduras, se reportan veintitrés detenciones, desconociéndose una cifra exacta de los heridos.

Varios manifestantes infiltrados en las marchas pacificas incitan al vandalismo y provocan la represión y el salvajismo desmedido del ejército y la policía quienes amparados en los garrotes, bombas lacrimógenas y balas de "goma" hirieron y encarcelaron a una buena parte de ciudadanos que se manifestaban en forma pacífica en contra de la propuesta del poder legislativo de aprobar una posible ley para fortalecer las filas del ejército nacional, a través del Reclutamiento Militar.

Hasta horas de la noche se registraban más de 23 personas encarceladas en el cuartel de las Fuerzas Especiales o "Batallón Cobra" de la Colonia 21 de octubre de la ciudad capital, muchas de ellas con heridas graves y sin atención médica de ningún tipo. Menores de edad, mujeres, estudiantes, campesinos y obreros.

En cadena nacional el presidente de facto amenaza a los manifestantes y los tilda de "terroristas" se dispone a continuar con las medidas de represión y incita a la población a denunciar todo tipo de intento de manifestación u organización, levantando luego una “plegaria” al divino creador por el resultado del partido de fútbol ante Costa Rica.

En la Universidad Pedagógica a punta de golpes y bombas lacrimógenas las fuerzas represivas desalojaron a los manifestantes provenientes del interior del país, mismos quienes habían caminado hasta la ciudad capital para hacer valer su derecho constitucional a la protesta, como rezan los artículos 78 y 79 de la constitución hondureña.

Algunos nombres de las personas detenidas son el defensor de Derechos Humanos Alex Matamoros, miembro del Centro de Investigación y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos CIPRODEH, el diputado del partido Unificación Democrática (UD) Marvin Ponce quien al parecer recibió dos impactos de bala, además de uno de los reporteros de canal 36 y la Señora Alba Ochoa, coordinadora de Green Development Foundation Centro America (GDFCA) que también fue remitida al hospital con serias heridas en su rostro.

Los nombres de la lista de detenidos la conforman:

1. Avilio Antonio Izaguierre 23 años
2. Florentino Izaguirre Hernandez 32 años
3. Santos Ricardo Pena Pavon 22 años
4. Emerson Barahona Avila 25 años
5. Daniel Angel Carcamo Sanchez 23 años
6. Osmin Daniel Santillana 27 años
7. Nilko Duran 30 años
8. Santos Rene Herrera 53 años
9. Justo Pastor Mondragon 65 años
10. Darwin Said Hernandez Carbajal 23 años
11. Lisandro Gomez Martinez, 56 años
12. Mario Rodrigo Ardon Betancourt 20 años
13. Nelson Gustavo Rivera Lopez 32 años
14. Jose Natividad Perez Lorenzo 48 años
15. Oscar Marcell Murillo 22 años
16. Ariel Arturo Sierra Coello menor de edad 16 años
17. Allan Samael Cruz menor de edad
18. Santos Ricardo Pena Pavon 21 años
19. Darwin Amaya Alvarado 22 años
20. Magdalena Lazo Pineda 48años
21. Alba Leticia Ochoa Camacho 53 años
22. Sergio Raul Jerezano Cruz menor de edad 16 años
23. Wilmer Domingo Lopez Marroqui 26 años
24. Arturo Flores Baleriano 36 años
25. Mabel Carolina Lopez.

Hasta estos momentos se han liberado a 11 personas que estaban lesionadas con heridas de cara, fracturas de costilla, brazos y piernas. El único menor de edad liberado fue Ariel Arturo Sierra.

Siguen apresadas sin proceso alguno 14 personas y se teme por la remisión a otros centros cuyos nombres no han sido revelados por las autoridades policiales, en franca violación al artículo número 71 de la Constitución en franca violación de las garantías y derechos individuales.

La presente es una denuncia ante la comunidad internacional a fin de que ejerzan medidas contra el régimen opresor que están orillando a la población a un conflicto armado dentro del país.

Comments

Correction in your report

Marvin Ponce didn´t have any bullet wounds. He had a broken arm that came from him resisting arrest.

Good - pity the police didn't

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