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Memorial Day at Danbury PDF Print E-mail

From Nany Smith, SOA Watch Prisoner of Conscience detained in Danbury, CT.

My out date is 1st July and I'm thrilled to be going home, but with that is an immense sadness to be leaving.  This is a place of dreadful futility; almost nothing of value can happen here.  If it does it's because of the strength & persistence of individual women who have found ways to survive.  It is just heart-breaking to know women in their 30's who will be here for the rest of their lives, others who have no place to go back to & so many who will return to the same streets & circumstances that got them here in the first place.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 June 2011 13:41
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Breaking news: First arrest for genocide in Guatemala PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 June 2011 14:37

On June 17th, General Héctor Mario López Fuentes was captured in Guatemala City, twenty-nine years after having initiated the execution of Plan Victoria 82, developed by the Army Chief of Staff and Efraín Ríos Montt’s de facto government. He is accused of having perpetrated genocide against the Maya Ixil people in the years 1982-83.

General López FuentesHéctor Mario López Fuentes was trained at the US Army School of the Americas, now known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). Numerous graduates of the SOA/WHINSEC, like López Fuentes, have a long record of torturing, disappearing and massacring their own people.

Last Updated on Friday, 24 June 2011 18:40
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Reportback from Zelaya's Return to Honduras PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa Sullivan   

Manuel Zelaya with Father Roy in the planeThis past Saturday, Fr. Roy Bourgeois and I accompanied President Manuel Zelaya back to his native Honduras, almost two years after a military coup led by SOA graduates removed him from his country at gunpoint. The short flight we took with him, from Managua to Tegucigalpa, was a journey packed with laughter, tears, songs, nerves, hugs, and decades of history.

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Honduras is Open for Plunder PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lisa Sullivan   
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 14:56

Honduras is Open for Business Plunder

(haz clic aquí para español)

Years from now when participants on the SOA Watch delegation to Honduras look back on this visit, I´ll wager to bet that the ten of us will most remember one vivid moment: standing on a dusty road bordered by fields of African palm on a steaming hot tropical afternoon. Given all we experienced those nine days in travels from coast to coast - jails, strikes, marches, land occupations, conversations with persecuted fishermen, farmers, teachers, journalists, union leaders, human rights workers, and more - this tiny memory bite sounds uneventful. But on that road in the lower Aguan valley we personally experienced - for perhaps thirty minutes - what many Hondurans face daily: the power of fear, the weight of decision.

We came from ten different cities to stand in solidarity with the people of Honduras who had been resisting the June 2009 coup that toppled President Manuel Zelaya. Two of us had been in Honduras in May 2009, just weeks before a referendum that would consult voters on whether to hold a constitutional assembly. The mood of the country then was electric. Honduras's hour of hope seemed imminent and change just around the corner.

Change did arrive that June 28th. Only not in the anticipated form but in one that was all too familiar - at the barrel of a gun and on the orders of School of the Americas graduates. President Manuel Zelaya was picked up from the presidential palace in his pajamas and deposited on the runway of San Jose, Costa Rica. What followed was familiar script:a swell of resistance brutally repressed, media voices of truth silenced, and an "election" conveniently held to whitewash a coup (never mind that there were few electors and no observers). End of the story, according to the State Department, time to move on.

Last Updated on Friday, 13 May 2011 16:17
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Statement of SOA Watch Delegation to US Embassy in Honduras PDF Print E-mail

May 6, 2011

Today, SOA Watch activists participating in a human rights observation delegation to Honduras, held a demonstration outside the US embassy in the capital, Tegucigalpa.  SOA Watch founder Fr. Roy Bourgeois and Latin America coordinator Lisa Sullivan were among the activists calling an end to US-funded military and police repression of social movements in Honduras, and demanding the closure of the three US military bases in that country.

Last Updated on Friday, 06 May 2011 20:23
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