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September 28, 2009
Acoustic and Chemical Attacks on the Brazilian Embassy
The Sound and Fury of the Honduran Coup
By LAURA CARLSEN
Over the past few days, reports poured in from Honduras of the use of sound devices and chemical warfare in attacks on the Brazilian Embassy by the Honduran coup. The use of Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) has been confirmed by observers and journalists. Numerous photographers have also documented their use.
September 28, 2009
Pine is assistant professor of anthropology at American University, has done extensive research on Honduras and has been blogging about recent events.
Not a big surprise, given the attacks on the few remaining independent media outlets, like Radio Globo, and in light of the strong anti-coup El Tiempo Staff Editorial, titled "The Real Goal of the 45-Day Curfew is to Torpedo November's Electoral Process", translated by Kristin Bricker at Narco News, and the long letter from Jaime Rosenthal, owner of El Tiempo, to the Honduran people, posted here in Spanish:
De Jaime Rosenthal Oliva y su familia al pueblo hondureño
This is Laura Taylor's translation of speeches she recorded from the front of the Universidad Pedagógica this morning, described in Spanish here. Photos of the event are below.
The importance of international solidarity*
*not to be mistaken, the Front is ready and organized but needs additional support
From the National Resistance Front Against the Coup d'Etat
Friends in Solidarity with Central America,
The violence in Honduras continues to intensify, with military attacks on the Brazilian embassy where President Zelaya has taken refuge and on civilian populations organizing in resistance to the coup. If you are in DC, please join us for two actions (more details below)
1) TODAY!! Monday, September 28 4 pm. Demonstration at the Honduran Embassy
2) TOMORROW: Tuesday September 29, Congressional briefing with Dr. Luther Castillo, 11:00-12:30 (Rayburn building, U.S. Congress)
PR for the de facto regime will now be provided by Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter and Associates: 1850 M Street NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20036 Phone: (202) 289-5900 Fax: (202) 289-4141, in case anyone wants to stop by or give them a ring to ask them exactly how they justify being the mouthpieces of a murderous military dictatorship. According to their web page, they also provide PR for American Red Cross, United Nations Foundation and Cornell University.
Honduras Coup Regime Suspends Constitutional Rights, Closes Media, Threatens Brazil: Will Obama Administration Break Its Silence?
For Immediate Release: September 28, 2009
Contact: Dan Beeton, 202-239-1460
This morning at dawn our houses were silent. The silence of our favorite radio station that has been shut-down. Hearing about how the military broke down the gates of Radio Globo in order to cut transmission by the ¨chief of chiefs¨ was like watching a loved one die. We left the radio on with the dead static in hopes that we would again hear the voices of the announcers who after 90 days are part of us, but we are sure that time will pass before we hear their voices again.
Every time we bury a martyr, something within us dies; a beautiful piece of all of us is lost forever. Wendy Ávila was a law student at the Universidad Tecnológica of Honduras.