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CCR: Padres de activista adolescente asesinado en Honduras después del golpe de estado ilegal inician una denuncia contra Micheletti

Padres de activista adolescente asesinado en Honduras despues del golpe de estado ilegal inician una denuncia contra Micheletti

Ejecuciones extrajudiciales, crímenes contra la humanidad y otras violaciones de derechos humanos ocurrieron bajo la autoridad y dirección de Micheletti.

CONTACTO: press@ccrjustice.org

23 de Junio 2011 –  Hoy, casi 2 años después del golpe de estado en Honduras, el Centro de Derechos Constitucionales (CCR) presentó una denuncia ante la Corte Federal del Distrito Sur de Texas en nombre de Davíd Murillo y Silvia Mencías, los padres de Isis Obed Murillo, quien fue 19 años de edad cuando fue asesinado por las fuerzas militares de Honduras durante una manifestación pacífica contra el golpe de estado militar del 28 de junio del 2009. El acusado es Roberto Micheletti Baín, ex-presidente del Congreso Nacional de Honduras, quien asumió el papel de presidente de facto de Honduras inmediatamente después del golpe de estado que derrocó el Presidente Zelaya. La denuncia detalla ejecuciones extrajudiciales, crímenes contra la humanidad de asesinato y persecución, muerte por negligencia y otras graves violaciones de derechos humanos que ocurrieron en Honduras bajo la autoridad y/o la dirección de Micheletti.

“No quiero más derramamiento de sangre,” dijo Silvia Mencías, madre del adolescente asesinado. “No quiero que ninguna otra madre sufra como yo.”
“Yo era amigo de Isis Obed, su maestro y su padre. Hemos cargado con un viacrucis de dolor, pero el legado de Isis Obed – los principios con que le criamos – no se desaparece de nuestra mente,” dijo David Murillo, padre de Isis Obed. “En la vida y en su trabajo con organizaciones sociales él estaba apegado a defender los derechos de los demás.”
El 5 de julio 2009 Presidente Zelaya intentó regresar a Honduras y reestablecer el gobierno que fue elegido democráticamente. Zelaya intentó viajar a Honduras por avión y aterrizar en el Aeropuerto Internacional de Toncontin en la capital de Tegucigalpa. Isis Murillo, un activista de 19 años de edad, y su familia se juntaron con miles de otras personas en contra del golpe de estado, para participar en una reunión no-violenta y pacífica para darle la bienvenida a casa y apoyar el restablecimiento del gobierno. Cuando el avión intentó y aterrizar, Isis Murillo fue disparado en la cabeza por militares hondureños y se falleció unos momentos después.
“El asesinato de Isis Murillo fue cometido como parte de una grave campaña de represión por el gobierno de facto que siguió inmediatamente después del golpe de estado,” dijo Pamela Spees, abogada con el Centro de Derechos Constitucionales. “El hijo de nuestro cliente fue víctima de los ataques sistemáticos y la privación de los derechos fundamentales que sucedieron bajo el régimen ilegítimo de Micheletti.”
Subsiguiente al asesinato de Isis, el demandante y su familia fueron sometidos a vigilancia y hostigamiento por la policía y otras autoridades. Este hostigamiento se llevó a cabo en un contexto que abogados describen como una represión intensa y persecución política que empezaron bajo el régimen de Micheletti dirigida contra del Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular, que formó en oposición al golpe de estado, y también en contra de periodistas y otros grupos de pie en oposición.

“¿Cómo es posible el perdón si no hay investigación, sanción ni reparación – cuando hay impunidad?” dijo Bertha Oliva, Directora del Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras (COFADEH), el cual presento la demanda en conjunto con el Centro de Derechos Constitucionales. “Como miembros de familia de las personas que fueron víctimas de desapariciones forzadas por razones políticas e ideológicas, sabemos muy bien que la reconciliación no se alcanza a través del perdón y el olvido de las atrocidades. Necesitamos la verdad y la justicia para movernos adelante.”

Para ver la denuncia o para más información sobre la demanda, visite la página de casos del Centro de Derechos Constitucionales (ingles). Para más información sobre la litigación del Centro de Derechos Constitucionales bajo la Ley de Libertad de Información (FOIA) en relación a Honduras, haga clic aquí (ingles).

El Centro de Derechos Constitucionales está dedicado a la promoción y protección de los derechos garantizados por la Constitución de los EEUU. y la Declaración Universal de los Derechos Humanos. Fundado en 1966 por abogados que representaron a movimientos de derechos civiles en el sur, CCR es una organización legal y educacional no gubernamental dedicada al uso creativo de la ley como una fuerza positiva para el cambio social. Visite www.CCRjustice.org y sigue @theCCR en Twitter.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.

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[en] Allan McDonald: ‘Rubber Man’ – a narrative article about Dr. Ramon Custodio Lopez

Were they RUBBER bullets, Custodio? photo: Sandra CuffeWere they RUBBER bullets, Custodio? (photo: Sandra Cuffe)

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Rubber Man*

by Allan McDonald

(translation by Doug Zylstra)

dedicated to Abril


Before, when life was not yet in fashion, and the world was simply a road of drab brown stones, those were the years of the olive green jeep, Garduna chocolates, the Alliance for Progress which came to us as powdered milk for the poor children in my school, those were the fabulous ’80s, the years when I would leave my house to fly kites against the wind that ran rampant through the sky, and listened to the older folks speak of a certain Custodio, a man of steel tempered by the heroism of openly taking the military to task and being our defender, the handkerchief to wipe the tears of a wounded democracy in that green era.

Time evaporated like a sunrise and we survived, like crabs on a beach of dead Pelicans, all of us who crossed the border of hope trying to arrive at the decade of the ’90s.

I had just turned 17, a cartoonist from the very beginning and already working in the newspaper, publishing my daily cartoon, as always, and my humor page every Saturday, believing persistently that the destiny of rebellion points us toward the utopia of a better county. I have always thought that, always. And then one memorable afternoon, one of those so memorable that you store it away in the warehouse of the soul so that it can never be forgotten, I found myself walking through Barrio Los Dolores, on my way to the archives of the Committee for the Defense of Human Right, CODEH, which in those days was located there, where the shouts of frustrated market vendors mixed with the prayers of the church nearby, that other market of dried-out crucifixes.

I entered CODEH, and asked for help regarding some research I was doing on old cartoons. Looking through the yellowing papers, dust and light that seemed a storehouse of memories, I suddenly came face to face with Dr. Ramon Custodio, the legendary old man, with his mustache, like a leaf tangled up in the roots of its own tree, woven deeply into the skin of his battle-seasoned face. His being seemed centered on the movement of his hands that were tucked into his gray pants pockets, his white guayabera and his middle-aged hair flying like a suicidal seagull. He stuck his hand out. “Hey there, young man,” he said, “I’ve been hoping to meet you for while now, say hello, share a coffee and talk about your work…” His words were tired, yet full of sincerity. We sat, talking about the difficult things going on in the country, the confusing transition from the political crisis to the economic one. Those were the years of Callejas, of corruption throughout the country. It seemed odd to him that, me still being only a teenager, in the year 1990, we could talk as in one of those old tales of old men and young kids. Saying goodbye, using the excuse of a made-up appointment, the Doctor put his hand on my shoulder and spoke the difficult words of a kind grandfather to his troublemaking grandson. I will never forget them:

“Look here, son, do you have kids?” I said no. Imagining my emotional lapses in the midst of a lost heart, I could never even dream of having one of my own. “Look, today you are a good cartoonist, strong, rebellious, but tomorrow, when you have your own children, you’re going to forget about all this, and you’ll think about normal things, about how to feed your kids, you’ll see.” He turned around and disappeared into the artificial light, between the dust and the papers which flew about like a forgotten carousel.

It’s been almost 20 years since the day that I met with Don Ramon Custodio, and life went on for each of us, him doing his things and me, mine. I drew him a couple of times when he launched his independent candidacy for the Presidency. He failed to collect the necessary signatures to get on the ballot, a pantomime of democracy deemed necessary to enter the circus. Then I saw him one day in Technicolor in the Congress, raising his right hand in front of the group of flunkies that had picked him as the new National Commissioner on Human Rights, the class that detested him, that hated him, that had even put a price on his head; they were now giving him the prize for what the Doctor knew by memory, if not by feel.

Today, there are no words, no excuses, no curious young men, nor learned doctors. Today, in this de facto country, we are now face to face in the street, each with the peace of his dignity weighed down, those of us who march in the light of victory of true democracy of both struggles and noble acts to defend a lost homeland and those who shut themselves in their offices with fine mahogany desks, with drawers full of the moist dust of nostalgia fallen into disuse and the photo of our elected president taken down, ripped off the wall with servility, and with a new photo up, this time our spurious one. Behind is the flag, blue and white, hanging humbly on its pole, that simple flag which wraps itself around both the blind and the dumb, the lepers and the heroes who have fallen, face-forward, to the somber riot of resentment.

And now, there’s the doctor on TV, all channels roadblocked with his press conference. He looks out, he whose face no longer even appears in the files of the CIA, saying that the dead don’t exist, that the army uses only rubber bullets, that the innocence of the men of honor is evident, that perhaps it was a clumsy revolutionary type, someone who believes in that pale promise of homeland that shot a communist bullet and killed the young man at the airport. My friends- I, who have never touched a gun, who have never put up a photo of any president behind my desk, who have always drawn face-forward, I got up, scared, and ran to the crib of of young daughter, the girl that the doctor talked about 20 years ago, my little Abril. I covered her with my hands, I hugged her, I sang her a lullaby, I covered her eyes so that she would not see the man who I had so deeply admired and tell her that the doctor had once said: “Look, young man, when you have children, you’ll see things differently.” And it’s true, I do think differently; with my daughter as counterweight, I should be rebellious, and I should have dignity until the end, so as not to become that man of rubber, no longer of steel, and that when the years go by, and my Abril begins to fly kites, she will think of me as the the man who did not betray her. It will rain on her that day, and she will not feel sad. And by then, my daughter will have a new country.

Allan McDonald

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* Note by Sandra Cuffe:

The title may not be immediately clear for those who have not been following events in Honduras extremely closely. Shortly after theHonduran Armed Forces snipers and soldiers fired live rounds of ammunition with rifles and machine guns into the unarmed multitude of protestors at the airport in Tegucigalpa on July 5th, 2009, killing 19-year-old Isis Obed Murillo and wounding several others, longtime State Human Rights Commissioner Doctor Ramon Custodio Lopez stated to the media that only RUBBER bullets had been used…

* Note by Adrienne Pine, who published this translation on her blog, http://quotha.net/:

For those who missed it: Political cartoonist Allan McDonald was one of the first individuals attacked by the coup regime; his house was ransacked and his cartoons burnt by the military one day after the coup. He was kidnapped by the military with this 17-month old daughter, Abril, and held incommunicado without food for over 24 hours before being released. See a photostream of his recent cartoons here.

Translator’s note:

Don Ramon Custodio was inaugurated as Commissioner on Human Rights in Honduras in 2008. He has come out in favor of the Micheletti Government on what he says are “anti-establishment grounds’, and many of his statements have been both a severe disappointment to the Honduran People who most are in need of a voice to declaim the Human Rights abuses of the de Facto government and a mechanism utilized by the Micheletti government to support their claims to constitutionality and legitimacy. His diplomatic visa was revoked two weeks ago by the US Department of State.

www.hondurascoup2009.blogspot.com has wonderful post/analysis of Don Ramon here.

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[es] Comunicado No. 14: Frente Nacional contra el Golpe de Estado en Honduras

C:\Documents and Settings\principal\Escritorio\DOC HONORINA09\logofr.jpg FRENTE NACIONAL CONTRA EL GOLPE DE ESTADO EN HONDURAS

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COMUNICADO No.14

El Frente Nacional Contra el Golpe de Estado en Honduras, integrado por las diferentes expresiones organizadas en el país, unidas con el propósito de lograr la restitución del orden institucional, por este medio expresa su posición con respecto a los ataques que los golpistas han desatado en contra de los dirigentes de nuestra organización:

Denunciamos que los golpistas usurpadores del poder iniciaron la semana pasada una campaña sucia y tendenciosa con la comparecencia del golpista Romeo Vásquez Velásquez, en una emisora inquiriendo de dónde se financian las movilizaciones de las personas en la resistencia, cuando es sabido por todas y todos que su participación en nuestras acciones de resistencia pacifica es en base a principios y convicción de que en el país se ha violentado y roto el orden institucional, y por tanto los derechos ciudadanos.

Los empresarios y toda la pandilla de golpistas al verse desenmascarados y constatar los avances e impacto de la resistencia han recurrido a la estrategia utilizada en los años 80s que se fundamenta en desprestigiar de diferentes formas a  líderes y lideresas del movimiento social, en este caso del Frente Nacional Contra el Golpe. Por lo que repudiamos y rechazamos las acusaciones que están haciendo ahora y algunos medios de comunicación, sobre que algunos líderes han recibido dinero para financiar las movilizaciones que apoyen el regreso de Mel Zelaya”.

También están acusando de manera directa a los compañeros Juan Barahona y Rafael Alegría, señalándoles como responsables de amenazar de muerte a Wenceslao Lara, cuando ellos ni siquiera lo conocen. No seria extraño que aparezcan con otro tipo de falsedades con la intención de dañar al Frente. Son ellos los que han saqueado este país durante muchos años y son los miembros del ejercito que están asesinando a nuestros compañeros, como los casos de Isis Obed Murillo Pedro Magdiel y otros, si fueron capaces de falsificar la firma del Presidente de la República de que no serán capaces.

Condenamos el atentado que se realizó en las instalaciones del Sindicato de Trabajadores de la Bebida y Similares STIBYS, donde policías colocaron una bomba en los baños de los hombres, la cual explotó justo después de una asamblea donde participaban unas 4 mil personas. Responsabilizamos a los golpistas de tal atentado a la vez que reiteramos nuestra resistencia de manera pacífica, la que ha sido demostrada durante estos 30 días.

Además denunciamos los constantes actos de provocación que hace la policía de investigación infiltrando sus agentes en las actividades de resistencia contra el golpe, los cuales han sido descubiertos en varias oportunidades. Además de eso tuvieron el atrevimiento de presentarse al entierro del joven en resistencia Pedro Magdiel asesinado en El Paraíso por los militares en la zona, manifestando que estaban investigando la muerte del dicho joven a pesar de esto, los compañeros del Frente les protegieron.

A 30 DÍAS DE RESISTENCIA AQUÍ NADIE SE RINDE

Tegucigalpa, M.D.C. 28 de julio de 2009

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[en] Rights Action Coup Alert #22: No Concessions to ‘Golpistas’

Honduras Coup Alert #22  —  NO CONCESSIONS TO ‘GOLPISTAS’

BELOW:

  • Photos and commentary about the Saturday July 11 commemorative march for Isis Oved Murillo, the young man killed by the Honduran Armed Forces on July 5
  • Article: “Honduras: Are we going to make concessions to those who perpetrate coups?”

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JULY 11, 2009 – MARCH IN HONOUR OF ISIS OVED MURILLO

Thousands of pro-democracy Honduran again took to the streets today, marching to the spot by the airport where Isis Oved Murillo was shot down by Honduran soldiers when they opened fire, July 5, with hundreds of rounds, against some of the 100,000+ Hondurans who had come to greet the returning President Zelaya.


(This July 5th photo was taken from second floor of the shot-out Popeyes restaurant.  It looks back across the grassy area, where Isis was shot, to the Toncontin airport landing strip guarded by 1000s of soldiers and anti-riot police.  All photos: Rights Action)

On July 11, 2009, thousands marched to and gathered at the spot where Isis was killed.


(“Isis Obed Murillo, You Are here! In the liberation of the country”.  Below that, on the wall: “Plaza Obed Murillo and Alex Zavala” – Alex is the 8-year old who was shot and killed.)

Two of Isis’ sisters, Rebeca and Gedalia, came from Olancho, in eastern Honduras, to participate in the march.  They spoke with the press and then stood on the stage with Honduran First Lady Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, and spoke to the crowd, demanding justice for the killing of their brother, telling the thousands that though their family was devasted by his death, that what Isis, and their whole family, were fighting for was not in vain – the return of President Zelaya and his whole government and justice to be done against the coup plotters and perpetrators.


(Gedalia Murillo Mencias, sister of Isis)

On Sunday morning, July 12, thousands will march to the Central Park of Tegucigalpa, by the Cathedral presided over by Catholic Cardenal Oscar Andres Rodriguez who, along with 11 bishops, have justified the military coup and are supporting the military-coup regime.


(During one of the daily pro-democracy marches, a man holds this photo of Cardenal Oscar Andres Rodriguez – “Goddam Murderer Priest”, with a photo of Isis Oved Murillo just after he was shot, July 5).

In this catholic country, many Hondurans have been more shocked and upset by the pro-coup position of the Catholic Church hierarchy, than by the complicity of other the other main pro-coup sectors – economic elites, military, congress, media.


(“Ex-Cardenal Rodriguez.  The Catholic people of Honduras do not know you, son of Satan.”)


(“Honduras is in need of a Cardenal, because the one we had is a ‘golpista’ (pro-coup)”)

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(The article below is a clear and obvious reminder why we must continue to work in Canada and the United States so that our governments take concrete economic and legal actions – including cutting off all military relations, assistance, aid, etc – so as to ensure the return of President Zelaya and his entire government, and legal trials against the coup plotters and perpetrators.)

HONDURAS:  ARE WE GOING TO MAKE CONCESSIONS TO THOSE WHO PERPETRATE COUPS?
July 9, 2009, By Dana Frank, Professor of History, University of California, Santa Cruz

Now that legitimate President Zelaya of Honduras is sequestered in “negotiations” in Costa Rica with the very man, Roberto Micheletti, who ordered his  kidnapping and removal from the country at the point of a gun, we can ask: what does it mean to “negotiate” with the perpetrators of a coup?

The President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, is supposed to be mediating some kind of compromise. Is Zelaya himself, the legitimately elected President expected to compromise? Is Micheletti somehow Zelaya’s equal here? What, is up for negotiation?

Although many on the far right are crying out that Zelaya was himself trying to subvert the Honduran constitution–which he wasn’t–it is clear that Micheletti and his oligarchs could have followed a legal procedure had that been the case. The Honduran constitution allows for impeachment as well as a precise legal structure in which an official can be officially charged and allowed to defend him.

Micheletti and General Romeo Vasquez, by contrast, with the support of the Supreme Court and most of Congress, completely subverted the rule of law and occupied the country militarily.

Since U.S. Secretary of State announced Wednesday that Arias would mediate a potential solution, Honduran trade unionists, human rights groups, and scholars have expressed alarm about the very concept of negotiating with those who perpetrate coups.

We can join them in underscoring the danger of making concessions to those who launched, supported, and carried out a military coup, and the potential for setting a dangerous precedent in doing so.

As German Zepeda, President of the Coalition of Honduran Banana and Agroindustrial Unions, noted on Wednesday, “Does this mean that in any country in the region, you can launch a coup d’etat and you’ll be rewarded with negotiation?”  As he points out, the U.S. initiative in setting up mediation “could convert itself into the norm for future politics in the region.”

Leticia Salomon, a prominent Honduran sociologist and economist, in an extended analysis released on July 3, underscores the key elements necessary in any solution to the conflict: not only the restitution of President Zelaya to office, but a removal from responsibilities of all those that violated the law in supporting the coup–including the highly politicized judges of the Supreme Court, the military, and those in Congress who voted to support the bogus presidency of Micheletti, and who falsified documents in which Zelaya supposedly renounced his office.

“Human Rights Are Not Negotiable,” declared the Center for Investigation and Promotion of Human Rights (CIPRODEH) of Honduras –an independent civil society group, not to be confused with the pro-coup human rights office of Micheletti’s false government.

In a letter released on Wednesday, July 8, they note that we cannot accept impunity for those who have violated human rights all over Honduras in the past ten days, through kidnapping, torture, illegal detentions, repression of demonstrations, and murder.

They specify a set of minimal demands which begin with the immediate demilitarization of the country.  Many outside Honduras are not aware that from the moment the coup began, the army occupied all government facilities throughout the country.

Police forces have been subsumed under military control. Civil liberties, including the right to freedom of expression and travel and against home searches, have been suspended.

Second, they demand an end to the use of chemical and lethal weapons to repress demonstrations, and the removal of the Armed Forces from responsibility for managing public demonstrations.  They also call for the return to civil control of all public services, electric power, telecommunications, hospitals, and other bodies, which are currently being controlled by the military.

Given the involvement of so many key political actors in the coup, the situation is extremely difficult. In imagining a solution, it’s nonetheless essential to eschew a scenario in which concessions are made to those who perpetrated the coup, in some kind of “compromise” in which the generals, justices, and members of Congress who perpetrated this are allowed to continue in office. As Salomon underscores, it will be necessary to draw on judges from outside the country to bring justice to the situation.

Nor should the coup lead to concessions to U.S. power.  When Jean Bertrand Aristide, president of Haiti, was overthrown in a 1994 coup in Haiti, the U.S. flew him back on a plane and restored him to power; but with a price: that Aristide support the policies of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, which notoriously led to even worse poverty and a second coup.

In Honduras today, Greg Grandin cautions in The Nation, “Washington should follow the lead of the rest of the Americas and resist the temptation to attach conditions to its support for his return to office.”

Any solution to the coup must take into account the very conditions that led to it; not just the now-famous mass poverty in Honduras, but the lockdown on the political process by the two ruling parties and a handful of oligarchs who have run Hondurans for decades, with armed support from the U.S. government at Soto Cano (Palmerola) Air Force Base.

In the U.S., we hear a lot about “no concessions to terrorists.”

As we move forward in what we hope is a new political era, we need to beware of concessions  as well to those who perpetrate coups–especially in Latin America, where democracy is, alas, still fragile, and the U.S. still needs to prove that it is unequivocably opposed to military coups and will not use them to its strategic advantage.

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AMERICANS AND CANADIANS SHOULD CONTACT YOUR OWN MEDIA, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, SENATORS & MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, TO DEMAND:

  • unequivocal denunciation of the military coup
  • no recognition of this military coup and the ‘de facto’ government of Roberto Michelletti
  • the unconditional return of the entire constitutional government
  • increasing economic, military and diplomatic sanctions against the coup regime
  • respect for safety and human rights of all Hondurans
  • the application of international and national justice against the coup plotters, and
  • reparations for the illegal actions and rights violations committed during this illegal coup

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[es] La Jornada: Golpe de Estado en Honduras

Fecha: 12 de julio de 2009 09:53
Asunto: Nota Jornada 12jul

Golpe de Estado en Honduras

El presidente constitucional promete regresar a Tegucigalpa la semana próxima

Golpistas oran para que Zelaya no vuelva y la resistencia efectúa nueva movilización
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Integrantes del Frente Nacional de Resistencia contra el Golpe de Estado realizaron ayer una marcha en la capital hondureña, que culminó en el sitio donde el pasado 5 de julio fue ultimado Isis Obed Murillo. El joven recibió un disparo de rifle M-16, que utiliza el ejército de ese paísFoto Reuters
Arturo Cano
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Tegucigalpa, 11 de julio. Mientras el presidente Manuel Zelaya continúa empujando a Estados Unidos y promete “acciones” para regresar la próxima semana a su país, aquí unos rezan para que no vuelva y otros siguen en las calles para traerlo de regreso.

En un complejo deportivo llamado Villa Olímpica, las gradas semivacías parecen dar la razón a los seguidores de Zelaya: muchos de los asistentes a las “marchas blancas” en apoyo al golpe de Estado van porque los empresarios, sus patrones, los obligan a asistir. “Espérese al fin de semana y verá.”

A pesar de la convocatoria a través de la televisión y la radio, de las planas enteras en los periódicos, la Iglesia católica, la Confraternidad Evangélica, la Red Apostólica y la Comunidad Hebrea, no llenan un pequeño estadio de beisbol. Los organizadores deben pedir a la gente que abandone las gradas y se reúna en el césped, frente al templete. Apenas se ocupa una sexta parte del campo.

“¡Bendito seas, Dios, por esa libertad que la democracia nos ha traído a Honduras!”, grita el pastor en el arranque de la “Jornada de oración por nuestra nación”.

Los organizadores presumen un evento “que se transmite a todo el mundo”, a través de una red satelital evangélica, y se hacen presentes canales de televisión nacional, incluidos el 5, privado de gran audiencia, y el 8, que es el oficial.

Los alrededores de la Villa Olímpica están llenos de policías y soldados, lo que parece confirmar una posibilidad enunciada desde la casa presidencial: que Roberto Micheletti, cabeza del gobierno de facto, asistirá a la jornada de oración. Sin embargo, ni Micheletti ni otros políticos se aparecen en el estadio, pese a que los principales candidatos presidenciales han participado en otras “jornadas de oración”.

Kevin Enamorado, representante de la comunidad hebrea, afirma que discutieron mucho si aceptaban la invitación de los jerarcas católicos, “porque nuestra comunidad no tiene posición política de ningún tipo”. Aceptaron, y Enamorado aprovecha para hacer “un enérgico llamado a todos a la paz, que no estamos dispuestos a cambiar ¡ni mucho menos a negociar!”

Luego se hace sonar el enorme cuerno llamado shofar: “¡Con este sonido los ángeles de Dios bajan para proteger del mal a las almas buenas de Honduras!”, explica otro representante de la comunidad hebrea.

Y el evangélico completa: “¡Es el sonido de nuestra victoria en Cristo!”

Otro de los victoriosos presentes es Darwin Andino, obispo auxiliar de Tegucigalpa, quien con el cardenal Andrés Rodríguez Madariaga enfrentó a Zelaya por el tema de la consulta popular: “El país no se puede entregar al chavismo ni a nadie, pues queremos seguir siendo libres e independientes”, aseveró Andino tres días antes del golpe.

Andino niega que el cardenal, a quien en 2005 se llegó a mencionar como “papable” en El Vaticano, haya estado al tanto de los preparativos del golpe, pues asegura que ni siquiera se encontraba en el país.

El temible “fervor”

“El profundo atavismo de fervor cristiano que existe en Honduras mantiene en las capas modestas de este país un extraordinario potencial de movilización” (André-Marcel d’Ans. Honduras después del Mith. Ecología política de un desastre. CEDOH, 2008). El mismo autor, desaparecido el año pasado, decía que la “ardiente religiosidad” y el “fervor militante” de los hondureños resulta “muy temible” para los políticos. Quizá por eso su ausencia este día, aunque en sus movilizaciones, los golpistas no han dudado en utilizar las armas de la fe (el golpe, “una respuesta a nuestras oraciones”).

“Ciertamente algunas (iglesias) se han manifestado en público, han participado en las marchas, blanqueadas y perfumadas, han hablado de paz y de diálogo junto a las armas. Han cerrado sus ojos y sus corazones al dolor de los que han sido brutalmente golpeados, perseguidos. El discurso teológico ha sido similar al discurso golpista. La Constitución es Dios. Ambos invitan al diálogo y a la paz sin restituir el orden constitucional. A la Constitución rogando y con la culata dando”, afirma Juan Almendares, ex rector de la Universidad Autónoma de Honduras.

No todos los líderes religiosos están con el golpe, naturalmente. Con los zelayistas marcha el Movimiento Cristiano Popular y en los primeros días tras el golpe el Consejo Diocesano de Pastoral de la Diócesis de Santa Rosa de Copán emitió un comunicado que decía: “Repudiamos la sustancia, la forma y el estilo con que se le ha impuesto al pueblo un nuevo jefe del Poder Ejecutivo”.

Detienen al padre del joven asesinado

Del otro lado, el Frente Nacional de Resistencia contra el Golpe de Estado realiza una nueva marcha de varios kilómetros, que culmina con un evento “cultural y político”, justo en el lugar donde cayó herido de muerte el joven Isis Obed Murillo, el pasado domingo 5 de julio, cuando los seguidores del presidente Zelaya esperaban su regreso al país.

“Isis, presente en la liberación de la patria”, dice una manta con la imagen del muchacho, cuyo padre, David Murillo, fue detenido por la policía el pasado jueves, luego de que anduvo de una oficina a otra exigiendo que se aceleraran las investigaciones sobre la muerte de su hijo. Se ordenó su detención por desacato y también, destacó la policía, porque descubrió que estaba en libertad bajo fianza y no se había presentado a firmar al juzgado. Murillo está preso en Juticalpa, departamento de Olancho.

Contra lo dicho por otras autoridades, de que los militares dispararon sólo “balas de goma”, la fiscal especial de Derechos Humanos, Sandra Ponce, ha confirmado que el joven Murillo recibió un disparo de rifle M-16, arma reglamentaria del ejército hondureño.

A las afueras del aeropuerto de Toncontín, entre el ir y venir de aeronaves, los manifestantes entregan a los familiares de Obed Murillo y de otras personas que resultaron heridas de bala “las 22 mil lempiras recaudadas por el pueblo”.

Ahí también se denuncia que el hostigamiento contra los seguidores del presidente Zelaya continúa de varias formas. Por ejemplo, este día fueron sacados del aire dos programas que transmiten, en Radio Cadena Voces, dos organizaciones feministas. El programa Tiempo de hablar fue cortado cuando llevaba 25 minutos de transmisión, y a La bullaranga ni siquiera la dejaron salir al aire. Los directivos de la estación manifestron que no era su responsabilidad y que no tenían idea de por qué desaparecía la señal.

Para este domingo, el frente de resistencia tiene preparadas nuevas protestas. Sus dirigentes informan que no cejarán hasta que Manuel Zelaya sea restituido en el poder.

Mientras los zelayistas seguían con su homenaje al joven Isis Obed Murillo en el estadio de beisbol, Miguel Benítez, de la iglesia Vida abundante, informaba a la comunidad internacional: “¡Esta es la nación de las cinco estrellas que Dios diseñó desde antes de la creación del mundo!”

El pastor Evelio Reyes, odontólogo de profesión, es cabeza de esa iglesia y fue orador en el primer mitin de los golpistas, al lado de Micheletti y del general Romeo Vásquez. A pesar de su escasa feligresía, apenas 3 mil miembros, según su vocero, la iglesia de Reyes es influyente por el alto poder adquisitivo de sus ovejas. Los zelayistas la llaman iglesia pisto (dinero) abundante.

La tarde, en la décimo cuarta jornada de concentraciones tras el golpe, cierra cuando el pastor Benítez afirma que Honduras saldrá intacta de este “terremoto sociopolítico”. Y tiene pruebas: dice que el terremoto de 7.2 grados, sufrido por este país hace dos meses, habría producido, en cualquier otro lugar del mundo, “destrucción de edificios y muchas muertes”. No aquí, no en Honduras. “¡A nosotros Dios nos guardó, ¡Dios nos guardó!”

http://www.jornada.unam.mx/2009/07/12/index.php?section=mundo&article=019n1mun

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[en] Rights Action Coup Alert #20: July 9, 2009

HONDURAS COUP ALERT #20 – July 9, 2009

BELOW:

URGENT ACTION: Father of boy, who was shot and killed by army during Sunday’s pro-democracy protest, has been detained by police!
THINGS OF NOTE (from the streets of Honduras)
CALLS TO ACTION for U.S. and Canadian citizens. Our governments must move from rhetoric to concrete measures

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URGENT ACTION – Illegal Detention

This morning (July 9, 2009), Jose David Murillo Sanchez came to a leading human rights group COFADEH (Committee of Family Members of the
Disappeared) to give testimony about the death of his 19 year old son, Isis Oved Murillo Mencilla, who was shot and killed by the Honduran army during the Sunday July 5th pro-democracy march, at the “Tocontin” airport.

In the COFADEH offices, he gave his testimony to the DGIC (Honduras police investigation unit). He left COFADEH at 1130am, to go home to Olancho. Witnesses came running to COFADEH soon after to say that police, in civilian clothes, detained Jose David Murillo Sanchez, put him in an unmarked car, and took him away.

COFADEH has confirmed that the DGIC detained him, for some trumped up charges from 2 years ago. Jose David Murillo Sanchez is a member of MAO, a campesino, environmental defense organization in Olancho. The DGIC seemingly agreed to take his testimony about the killing of his son as a trap, so as to detain him … part of an on-going crackdown in Honduras against members of the social movement.

Please denounce this terrible abuse, as part of your on-going activism related to the military coup in Honduras.

More information in English: Sandra Cuffe, tel: [504] 9525-6778, <mailto:lavagabunda27@yahoo.es> lavagabunda27@yahoo.es <mailto:lavagabunda27@yahoo.esMore>

More info en Espanol: ofadeh@sdnhon.org.hn <mailto:cofadeh@sdnhon.org.hn> , http://www.cofadeh.org , bertha.oliva@cofadeh.org <mailto:bertha.oliva@cofadeh.org> , 8991-0259, 220-7147

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THINGS OF NOTE

The pro-democracy marches continue daily. The movement is pacing itself. After the marches of 100,000 or more, last Friday, Saturday, Sunday, there have been daily marches of thousands in Tegucigalpa, Monday through Thursday. Smaller marches are occurring throughout the country. They are building towards more marches all around the country.

The pro-democracy movement has little faith in, but are respecting the “negotiations” in Costa Rica. This is not surprising. Inside Honduras, the rhetoric of the powerful pro-coup sectors (army, economic elites, hierarchy of the catholic church, most of the media (written, radio and TV) remains incredibly fixated on not giving in an inch. They have the wealth, the means of communication and the army and police. President Zelaya has stated publicly that he is “negotiating” only one thing – the date of his return, with all his powers and authority as President and with his entire government, and how the ‘de facto’ regime will cede power and how they will be dealt with.

Following on the decision of the U.S. government to take away recognition and diplomatic privileges of Roberto Flores Bermudez, Honduran ambassador to the United States who justified the military coup, the U.S. government has now suspended $16.5 million in military assistance programs to Honduras (according to the U.S. embassy in Tegucigalpa). From Reuters, the U.S. embassy in Honduras also said “a further $180 million in aid for Honduras could also be at risk as a result of the June 28 coup which toppled President Manuel Zelaya.”

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CALL TO CONTINUE PRESSURING CANADIAN & U.S. GOVERNMENTS TO IMPLEMENT CONCRETE SANCTIONS

UNITED STATES Call to Action:

Support House Resolution on Honduras! Urge your Representative to become an original co sponsor of House Resolution demanding reinstatement of President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras!

[This action alert comes to you from the Alliance for Global Justice and its member projects, the Nicaragua Network, the Campaign for Labor Rights, the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, and the Respect for Democracy Campaign.]

Representatives James McGovern (D-MA) and Bill Delahunt (D-MA) have sent out a Dear Colleague letter to the other members of the House of Representatives asking them to sign on as original co- sponsors to a House resolution calling for the reinstatement of Manuel Zelaya as president of Honduras. See text of the letter and of the House resolution below. Call your Representative and ask him or her to sign on! The Capitol Switchboard number is: 202-224- 3121. All original co-sponsors need to be added before 5pm today. Here is some suggested language for your call:

“Please tell Representative _________________ that I urge him/her to be an original co-sponsor of the McGovern/Delahunt resolution to oppose the military led coup in Honduras. The resolution calls for the reinstatement of democracy in that country. Please contact Cliff Stammerman or Ben Dailey in Delahunt’s office before close of business today as that will be the closing of original cosponsors.”

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Become an original co-sponsor of a resolution opposing the coup d’état in Honduras

Deadline is close of business Thursday, July 9, 2009

Dear Colleague:

We ask you to join us in co-sponsoring the resolution below condemning the coup d’état in Honduras, demanding that Honduran President Manuel Zelaya be returned to office, and welcoming the mediation efforts of Costa Rican President Oscar Arias. As you are no doubt aware, an internal political dispute in Honduras degenerated into a coup d’état on June 28, 2009, in which the democratically-elected President of Honduras was seized by the Honduran military and sent into exile. This move was swiftly condemned by the United

States, the Organization of American States, the European Union, and the United Nations, all of whom have demanded that President Zelaya be reinstated to office.

It is critical that Congress be crystal clear that coups are unacceptable. This is particularly important in Latin America, a region which has suffered greatly in the past from military interference in politics but over the last 30 years has generally moved towards democracy. To accept the overthrow of a democratically-elected government is to wipe away the progress that has been made – progress that has been supported by both Democratic and Republican Presidents and Congresses.

To sign on, please contact Cliff Stammerman or Ben Dailey in Congressman Delahunt’s office at (202) 226- 6434 or at cliff.stammerman@mail.house.gov <mailto:cliff.stammerman@mail.house.gov>
or
ben.dailey@mail.house.gov <mailto:ben.dailey@mail.house.gov>
.

Sincerely, Bill Delahunt, James P. McGovern

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CANADA Call to Action:

CUT AID TO ILLEGAL HONDURAN GOVERNMENT

From: torontoboliviasolidarity@gmail.com
<
mailto:torontoboliviasolidarity@gmail.com>

Call the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), Peter Kent, to demand that the Canadian government immediately suspend aid to the de facto government of Honduras. Democratically elected Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was overthrown in a military coup on June 28th, and the de facto government has categorically refused to allow his return to power, threatening instead to arrest him if he sets foot on Honduran soil. Zelaya attempted to return to his country on Sunday, but his plane was unable to land after the Honduran military placed vehicles on the runways of the international airport. Meanwhile, at least two peaceful protestors have been killed and others injured, civil liberties have been suspended, and journalists have been harassed and detained by the current authorities.

The Canadian government has denounced the coup. However, its position remains ambiguous. Canada has not cut aid, including military aid, to the illegal government that assumed power following the early morning kidnapping of President Zelaya ten days ago. Honduras is the largest recipient of Canadian aid in the Central American region. The suspension of aid would further isolate the illegal regime that has taken power in Honduras.

Already, the United Nations, Organization of American States (OAS), European Union and others have condemned the coup and called for Zelaya’s return. The OAS has expelled Honduras, European and Latin American nations have withdrawn their ambassadors, and multilateral financial institutions including the World Bank have frozen loan payments.

We stand in solidarity with the thousands of Hondurans risking their lives in the streets to demand that their voices and their votes be respected. We join the Honduran and other Latin American communities in Canada in demanding that the Canadian government move beyond words in this urgent situation and take strong action against the illegal government that has taken over in Honduras. Call Minister Kent today!

Take Action! Call, fax, or email Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), Peter Kent at Tel: 613-99…, Fax: 613-992-0887, Email:
Kent.P@parl.gc.ca <mailto:Kent.P@parl.gc.ca> . Use the call script below.

Call, fax, or email your MP (click here to contact your MP using your postal code) to demand that the Canadian government:

unequivocally denounce the military coup
refuse to recognise any ‘de facto’ government in Honduras
insist on the unconditional reinstatement of the legitimate Honduran President, Manuel Zelaya
cut aid to the illegal Honduran government
demand respect for safety and human rights of all Hondurans
demand justice and reparations for the illegal actions and rights violations committed during this illegal coup

SUGGEST PHONE CALL SCRIPT: I urge Canada to take strong action to reject the military coup in Honduras. In keeping with the Canadian government’s stated condemnation of the coup, please demand the immediate and unconditional reinstatement of legitimate Honduran President, Manuel Zelaya, as our European allies have already done.

I know that Honduras is the largest recipient of Canadian aid in the Central American region. Please also cut all Canadian assistance to the de facto government, including military aid. Canada must immediately back up its words with actions to further isolate the illegal government in Honduras.

For more information: http://www.barrionuevocanada.blogspot.com/

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FOR INFORMATION FROM HONDURAS, CONTACT: Grahame Russell (Rights Action co-director): info@rightsaction.org <mailto:info@rightsaction.org> , [504] 9630-9507 & 9507-3835

WHAT TO DO

FUNDS ARE NEEDED FOR THIS ON-GOING, ‘PRO-DEMOCRACY’, EMERGENCY RESPONSE IN HONDURAS

Rights Action staff in Honduras are providing emergency relief funds, every day, to community development, campesino, indigenous and human rights organizations for: food and shelter, transportation and communication costs, urgent action outreach and human rights accompaniment work.

Make tax deductible donations to Rights Action and mail to:

UNITED STATES: Box 50887, Washington DC, 20091-0887

CANADA: 552-351 Queen St. E, Toronto ON, M5A-1T8

CREDIT-CARD DONATIONS: http://rightsaction.org/contributions.htm

AMERICANS AND CANADIANS SHOULD CONTACT YOUR OWN MEDIA, MEMBERS OF CONGRESS, SENATORS & MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT, TO DEMAND:

unequivocal denunciation of the military coup
no recognition of this military coup and the ‘de facto’ government of Roberto Michelletti and the unconditional return of the constitutional government
increasing economic and military sanctions against the coup regime
respect for safety and human rights of all Hondurans
the application of international and national justice the coup plotters, and
reparations for the illegal actions and rights violations committed during this illegal coup

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[en] Photo-Essay by James Rodriguez: Tragedy in Honduras – Army Shoots and Kills Protesters

Written by James Rodriguez
Monday, 06 July 2009
Source: MiMundo.org
On the day when ousted President Manuel Zelaya was slated to return, thousands of supporters gathered at the Pedagogica University in order to march towards Toncontin Airport. Meanwhile, at the airport, some gathered early to await Mel’s arrival despite the suffocating presence of Honduran security forces.

It is estimated that at least 100,000 people marched towards Toncontin Airport to welcome “Mel”.

Even though the security forces held several check points to stop the march, the Police and Army decided to allow the march’s arrival to Toncontin. Until then, both sides had behaved remarkably respectful and peaceful.

The protesters even applauded the Police’s decision to let them through.

Nevertheless, a few minutes later, on the far end of the landing strip, tensions brewed out of control. When protesters began trespassing the barbed-wire fence, the army responded by shooting tear gas and live rounds. One person was killed on the scene, dozens were injured, and overnight, at least three other people died in local hospitals.

“The armed forces have fired live rounds against unarmed civilians. For over five hours, the protesters behaved respectfully of the army and police. There had been no confrontations. No one had sticks or guns. The march’s organizers had even decommissioned stones from a few protesters. But the army shot as us just like that, in cold blood. There was no need to shoot! Yes, some had started to cut and remove the barbed-wire fence [so as to enter the landing strip], this cannot be denied. But it was not necessary to shoot civilians with live rounds. Once again, so that the people of Honduras will remain united: the blood of a martyr is the seed for many Hondurans who will stand up and remain firm against such de facto government – this government of delinquents. We are only following Article 3rd of our Constitution: ‘Nobody should obey a Government which has reached power by means of usurpation.’”
-Cesar Omar Silva, television journalist for State-owned Channel 8.

Manuel Zelaya’s airplane flew over Toncontin airport a couple of times before aborting landing attempts and headed for Managua, Nicaragua. The plane was not given permission to land as military personnel and vehicles blocked the runway. His plans for a return to Honduras are not yet known at this time.

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BBC News has published the best video so far of the Army’s repression against the protesters. The army’s shooting can be clearly seen:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8135453.stm

Versión en español aquí.

This photo-essay was completed with the contribution of A. J. Bunch C.

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