and paramilitaries arrive in Honduras
– Take Action Now!
Call Now – demand and end to the attacks on Zelaya and
a restoration of civil liberties.
The situation is grave in
Tegucigalpa. According to a message from the organization, Pastors for
Peace, Radio Globo
from Honduras is reporting that snipers are shooting into the Brazilian
Embassy where President Zelaya and hundreds of supporters have taken
refuge. There is no word yet on injuries.
- Honduras Desk, U.S. State
- State Department Main
- White House 202-456-1111
- OAS Washington Office
Also, according to an Oct. 9 AP report, paramilitaries from Colombia
are arriving in Honduras now. Many of these paramilitaries were
trained in torture and repression at the infamous School of the
Americas in the U.S.
Support the people of Honduras in
their heroic struggle against the brutal coup regime!
Thousands of courageous working people are taking to the streets, in
spite of the growing brutality of the criminal right wing forces, who
are armed and trained by the U.S.
The following is a report from the delegation of U.S. activists in
Honduras, who will be holding a news conference today, October 9, at
5pm EST at the offices of the Bottlers’ Union, a center in Tegucigalpa
of the National Front for Resistance Against the Coup:
In the last 24 hours, the situation in Honduras has reached a profound
level of urgency. The illegal, de facto Micheletti regime is clearly
reaching a point of desperation—and there is a serious danger in this,
as the rightwing can and will do anything when they are desperate.
night, we received word that at the Brazilian embassy, where President
Manuel Zelaya has been seeking refuge, two scaffolds had been erected
and two snipers placed on them—one from the Honduran police and one
from the Honduran army. Heavy military activity was also occurring on
the ground around the embassy, with military convoys placed at
strategic places all around the windows and doors of the embassy. The
fear is that an assassination attempt on Zelaya’s life may be carried
alarming report relayed to us today from Honduran human rights leaders
is of the presence of 120 paramilitaries—experts in killing—from other
Latin American countries in Honduras. Many of these paramilitaries have
been trained at the School of the Americas based in Georgia.
while we were in a meeting, the human rights leader we were meeting
with received a phone call that police at the pedagogical university
had given protesters there 10 minutes to disperse or face dire
consequences. Military convoys had been brought in to surround the
email is being written, members of the U.S. Delegation in Solidarity
with the Honduras Resistance are at the U.S. embassy, attempting to
meet with representatives there to alert them of the situation and
demand the discontinuation of U.S. aid to the de facto regime, a freeze
on the assets of the golpista government members, and the abandonment
of any electoral process that doesn’t first involve the restitution of
President Zelaya, as is the will of the Honduran people.
The delegation also reports that despite the coup government’s
announcement that it had lifted the ban on civil liberties, the country
still remains under martial law. The coup government is
world that it has lifted martial law, but they haven’t told anyone in
the police or military, from the top commanders to the troops in the
streets. There is still a massive armed presence, and protesters
dissidents are still being brutally attacked and arrested.
That’s why it is so important for us to support the Delegation in
Solidarity with the Honduran Resistance. The corporate media is echoing
the coup government’s press releases claiming that martial law has been
lifted and civil liberties restored, and ignoring the fact that
repression is intensifying. We need you to help get the word out.
What you can
Call – Honduras
Desk, U.S. State Department 202-647-3482
State Department Main Switchboard
White House 202-456-1111
OAS Washington Office 202-458-3000
Demand an end to the attacks on
Zelaya and Honduran activists. Demand a restoration of civil
liberties in Honduras.
Sign the Petition
– Demand safe passage for the U.S. delegation – http://www.iacenter.org/honduras/honduras_delegation100609/
Make an emergency donation
to help with the expenses of the delegation and to help us spread the
word – http://www.iacenter.org/donate/