[News] End the Brutal Repression of the Honduran Social Movement

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Take Action! End the Brutal Repression of the Honduran Social Movement

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Written by Honduras Solidarity Network
Monday, 30 August 2010 14:40


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A coalition of U.S. organizations today denounced 
the exercise of violent repression by Honduran 
military and police forces against members of a 
striking teacher's union at a university in 
Tegucigalpa. The Honduras Solidarity Network 
(HSN) declared that "the recent brutal attacks by 
government forces against non-violent protests 
show that there has been no reconciliation after 
last year's coup d'etat, and the U.S. 
government's policy of support for the current 
government must be changed. We call for an 
immediate end to the repression and human rights 
violations against the opposition movement".

The group referred to military and police attacks 
against members of the teacher's union, COPEMH 
(Colegio de Profesores de Educación Media de 
Honduras (Association of Secondary Teachers of 
Honduras)), and their supporters, which took 
place at The National Pedagogical University 
Francisco Morazan in Tegucigalpa on August 26 and 
27. The union has been on strike since May, and 
is generally viewed as opposing the regime of 
Honduran President Porfirio Lobo. The HSN based 
its action on reports received from the human 
rights group COFADEH and the General Workers' 
Central Federation (CGT) labor organization, and 
corroborated by local news from Radio Globo and 
eyewitness accounts that report the following:

On Friday, Aug. 27, police and military troops 
surrounded the National Pedagogical University, 
responding to thousands of teachers and members 
of trade unions, peasant organizations and other 
organizations supportive of the teachers gathered 
on the university grounds. The police and 
military forces sprayed tear gas from trucks and 
beat protesters with truncheons before firing 
canisters of tear gas into the University 
grounds. As people were overcome by the gas and 
tried to leave, they were beaten and many 
detained. Among the injured were two well-known 
reporters from Radio Globo, one of the few 
independent radio stations in the country. Among 
those seriously affected by the gas were a number 
of children and pregnant women.

On Thursday, the police and military attacked the 
same group at a massive protest near the 
presidential residency in the capital city. 
Television stations aired video showing
soldiers firing their rifles during the 
repressive action and police beating protesters. 
Four teachers from the teachers' union were 
seriously injured and, according to human rights 
organizations in Honduras, they were denied 
medical care at the main public hospital in 
Tegucigalpa. The teachers' union then took the 
men to a private medical facility.

On Aug. 20, four leaders of the teachers' union 
were badly injured when police attacked them 
during a union march. The men were detained at a 
police station for 12 hours during which time 
they were denied medical care and human rights 
observers were refused entry to the jail to verify their condition.

Throughout the month of August the level of 
conflict and the human rights crisis in Honduras 
has deepened. Non-violent protesters in Choloma were beaten, and three
members of peasant organizations in Aguan were 
killed. Another journalist, critical of the 
regime, was murdered bringing to ten the total of 
journalists murdered since Lobo took over in January.

Vicki Cervantes, a spokesperson for the Honduras 
Solidarity Network said, "The United States 
government continues its support for the 
oligarchy and Lobo in the form of aid and 
pressure on other governments in the hemisphere 
to accept the illegitimate Lobo administration."

Meanwhile, on the ground in Honduras the 
opposition of the majority of Hondurans to the 
coup and the subsequent regimes, including 
Lobo's, is growing. For the first time since 
1954, Honduran trade union federations have all 
agreed to prepare for a general strike and nearly 
a million Honduran eligible voters have signed 
letters demanding the convocation of a 
constituent constitutional assembly with the 
peoples' participation and leadership.

The Honduras Solidarity Network, a nationwide 
coalition of non-profit, human rights and 
educational organizations, and the Honduran Front 
for National Resistance (FRNP) call for:

· an end to police and military repression of the 
teachers and the protesters at the university;

· resumption of negotiations between the government and the Teacher's Union;

· payment of back wages and an investigation into 
the violation of the teachers' human rights.


Call and Write the Obama Administration and 
Congress to demand that until the brutal 
repression of social movements in Honduras ends, the United States Government:

· Suspend all aid to the Lobo administration

· Stop the U.S. State Department lobbying for 
recognition of the undemocratic government of Honduras.

· Recognize the Honduran people's demand for a 
Constituent Assembly to establish a functioning, participatory democracy.

Contacts:

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here to contact Senators and Representatives.

To contact the State Department:
Fax: 202-647-8947, Voice: 202 647-8947, or Email:
Maria Otero, Under Secretary for Democracy and 
Global Affairs; c/o Laura Pena, Assistant: 
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Dr. Arturo Valenzuela: 
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Ambassador Craig Kelly, Principal Deputy Asst./ Secretary, Western

Office of Hemisphere Affairs:
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Dan Restrepo, Special Asst. to the President, 
Western Hemisphere Affairs, 
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Paul Monteiro, Office of Public Engagement, 
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To contact White House:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact and White House Comment
Line 202-456-1414.

Sample Letter
Dear ____________,

Non-violent protests by striking teachers and 
democracy supporters in Honduras have been 
attacked in recent days by the military and 
police causing many injuries and detentions. On 
Aug. 26 and Aug. 27 the Honduran military and 
police attacked demonstrators gathered at the 
National Pedagogical University Francisco Morazan 
in Tegucigalpa firing many rounds of tear gas and 
live bullets. When those trapped in the 
university tried to escape the tear gas, they 
were beaten, including pregnant women and at least two journalists.

Until the brutal repression of social movements 
in Honduras ends, I demand that the United States Government:

· Suspend all aid to the Lobo administration

· Stop the U.S. State Department lobbying for 
recognition of the undemocratic government of Honduras.

· Recognize the Honduran people's demand for a 
Constituent Assembly to establish a functioning, participatory democracy.

Sincerely,
[name and address]




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