Another back-translation, originally posted Wednesday, 01 July 2009 at 01:02 (Teguc time)
What I saw today was the lack of organization or apparent head of the resistance movement. Some of my friends say I'm swimming like a fish in water, since there's anarchy all around. What is certain is that, lacking organization, many times someone would step up and put forth any preposterous idea that would end up creating even greater chaos in the group. That's the problem.
I'm compiling all of Oscar's posts together to have as a static link on this site, and as part of that I'm catching up on the first few that I missed. Here's the first of them, posted Tuesday, 30 June 2009 at 11:07:
Originally this was a register-to-comment site to prevent viagra sales, but nobody commented. Then I made it a no-barriers site, and it became a virtual viagra supermall. I have since settled on a moderated comments policy. My policy is this: you write it, I approve it. The one exception is verbally violent attacks on other posters that, in my judgment, carry no substantive argument. For example, I recently deleted the comment "Are you an asshole all the time or do you get to have a day off?" Anything more substantial than that will most likely be published. I am particularly fond, in fact, of posts by the lunatic fringe, since they pretty much speak for themselves. For example, a recent comment, "Good - pity the police didn't arrest or shoot ALL of you!" in response to a translated article about the serious injuries inflicted by police on peaceful protesters in Honduras, demonstrates openly and clearly the position of so many supporters of the Honduran military regime, a position that needs to be heard and engaged.
This testimony (in Spanish) is from Irma Villanueva, detailing on Radio Progreso how she was raped by four police officers last Friday, August 14th, for participating in a march protesting the coup in Choloma, the maquiladora capital of Honduras. They kidnapped her, raped her themselves and with a police baton, the whole time insulting her and shouting at her that this is what happens when you join the resistance, and then abandoned her on a mountain. Since she could not go to the police station to report it, she went to Radio Progreso.
It all ties in: Even if Honduras is your issue, by picketing Whole Foods you're picketing Lanny Davis (see my earlier post) along with the whole anti-working class corporate ideology that brought about the Honduran coup, and anyway, if you need overpriced yuppie organic and are in the DC area, Yes! Market is better.
Here are the details:
The first wave of pickets will take place Friday, August 21, 2009 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. (local time for each location) at:
Last Monday the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights arrived in the country to observe first-hand the state of human rights in the country following the coup. The government and its spokespeople have made themselves hoarse insisting that they be "impartial" and understand the "special" conditions in which we are living.
[I mistakenly credited this to its FB poster originally]
Micheletti to the Interamerican Human Rights Commission: "No, no no no! I don't trust your opinion; everyone in this world is against us...I will only accept a commission if it's made up of extraterrestrials"
The following is a letter originating from Feministas en Resistencia de Honduras, translated by Charles Utwater.
Washington D.C., 18 August 2009
Sra. Louise Albure
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights
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
Last Saturday the city of San Pedro Sula awoke to the thunder of military helicopters in their airspace, and afterwards it filtered down through the press that the hubbub was due to the presence of Roberto Micheletti in the 105th infantry brigade. What made Mr. Micheletti leave his presidential bunker to meet with the military leaders in the northern city? Official statements informed us later that it was to plan the arrival of the de facto president to his home town, El Progreso. They were meeting all day long, planning his 15 kilometer journey only to cancel it in the end.