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2nd Anniversary of the Military Coup in Honduras PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 June 2011 16:08

June 28, 2011 marked the two-year anniversary of the coup d’état in Honduras that illegally removed democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya from office and unfolded a repressive regime that systematically attacks and represses it’s Honduran citizens. June 28th also marked the birth of one of the most important social and political movements of contemporary history of Honduras and Latin America. Here is a video of a protest outside the U.S. military base in Honduras on June 28. The police and military started hitting people with their batons and firing teargas after youths attempted to spray paint exterior walls. One policeman pulls out his gun for no reason.

On July 1, 2011 a human rights delegation visited the community of Rigores, Tocoa, Cortes to learn about the violent and illegal eviction which had occurred there on June 26. While the group was hearing testimonies about last weeks' attack, a group of approximately 50 security forces moved into the community with their guns drawn. Click here to read more and for an action alert.

The SOA Watch movement has been asked by organizations working valiantly at the ground for justice in Honduras to connect members of our movement with two accompaniment programs organized and led by these groups. Click here for more information and get involved.

Here are some photos from the action/ street theater that took place in Washington DC on the 2 year anniversary of the coup.

Click here to read a letter by Jimena Paz of Tegucigalpa, Honduras who has worked since June 2010 as an "activante" with the SOA Watch Latin America office in Venezuela, and was one of the organizers of the 2010 SOA Watch South-North Encuentro. The SOA Watch “Activantia” program invites young people from around the Americas to work together to resist militarization and promote a culture of peace.

Last Updated on Monday, 22 August 2011 16:09
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
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
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.

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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