Election Day Violence in Honduras Print

This is a translation of an article in spanish, from defensoresenlinea, about a person who reported being attacked by National Party activists and the police on election day in Honduras.  He was attacked for simply requesting the votes be shown and read out loud while they were being counted and recorded at table 9357, which what is supposed to happen so that all can verify the vote cast corresponds to what is marked down.  Notably, this voting table's record posted on the TSE website shows 0 votes for one of the main 3 presidential candidates, who received significant votes at most tables.  The resistance to show and read out the votes while they were counted suggest that the ballots may have told a different story.

During the evening hours on election day, Sunday, November 24th, a citizen was beaten by National Party activists and subsequently members of the police from the police station in the neighborhood of Nueva Esperanza, Tegucigalpa. 

Denis Aguilar said that he requested the table delegates at electoral table #9357 in the Tomas Alvarez Dolmo School show the ballots and "sing out the votes."  "I was pursued by 20 National Party activists who we call the 'mancha brava,' people who don't reason; they assaulted me, spit on me, and kicked me."

Aguilar said he asked for protection from the police who were in the voting center, but instead the police took him to the police station in the neighborhood of Nueva Esperanza. 

They threw me on the floor of the post to kick me in front of the boss and I told them "what you're doing to me isn't fair, then they threatened to file charges against me and I told them that you aren't lawyers nor judges and this is an illegal detention.  They also wanted me to give them my documents, but I didn't," explained Aguilar. 

When Aguilar reported the names of the police who had assaulted him to the police chief, a different group of police said they were sorry for the aggression.  But he refused to pardon them.  Aguilar was freed after midnight when his family members arrived.

The Committee of Family Members of the Detained and Disappeared of Honduras (COFADEH) received this case and will analyze if it can be considered an electoral crime to present the case to the Public Ministry, even though they say the possibility of receiving a positive response is minimal. 

Denis Aguilar said that when he was freed, the police warned him not to report what happened, but he answered that "you denied me my rights, this can't be kept silent, because I don't want this to happen again to other Hondurans nor foreigners." 

Original article in Spanish posted at:
http://www.defensoresenlinea.com/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2873:violencia-politica-y-violacion-a-ddhh&catid=94:articulos&Itemid=329