Exclusive, The Right to Protest: Women Retake the Streets in El Progreso, Yoro, Honduras

By Suyapa Portillo, Pitzer College http://laperspectives.blogspot.com/2018/01/lap-exclusive-suyapa-portillo-honduras.html Women and Jesuit Clergy, among them Father Melo of Radio Progreso, take over the road near Quebrada Seca bridge after a meaningful mass that called for an end to militarization and violence. Photo taken by: Suyapa Portillo Women took over the road for a peaceful march in Quebrada Seca, El Progreso, Yoro, on November 25, 2018, National Day of the Honduran Woman. On this same road, just a day before, protesters experienced heavy repression. People have been here almost daily protesting the fraudulent elections of November 26, 2017. They have been met with disproportionate force and violence from riot squads of the National Police, Military Police of Public Order and the Armed Forces, who have harmed, threatened, and shot real bullets at innocent people. One young man was taken out of his house without proper warrant and falsely accused of burning a police station and taking police gear. Unable to find the actual perpetrators of the alleged crime, police have framed him. Contrary to the fabricated story of the police, this young man’s only activity was his participation in peaceful street protests in opposition to electoral fraud. Another young woman was picked up at a protest by an unmarked civilian car. She was beaten, insulted and then thrown out of the car in the street down the road. Other protesters have been followed by National Police and Military Police agents after the demonstrations to their homes, beaten, and told they would be killed, as happened to the son and brother in law of former LIBRE congressperson Bartolo Fuentes on November 26, 2018. These intimidation tactics are infringing on local Progreseños right to peacefully protest the imposition on them of a repressive authoritarian government, which is starting to look more and more like a nascent dictatorship.   Continue reading

Honduran religious leaders, amid fear of violent suppression, protest upcoming inauguration

Kevin Clarke America Magazine  https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2018/01/26/honduran-religious-leaders-amid-fear-violent-suppression-protest It began as a Mass and ended in a march that stopped traffic in both directions coming into and out of the town of El Progreso in northern Honduras. Hundreds of people left the outdoor Mass at St. Ignatius of Loyola church and stepped into the busy main road into El Progreso. Resistance to the re-election of Juan Orlando Hernández is strong here. Outrage at what many believe was election fraud that returned him to power is overflowing onto the streets in many Honduran communities. Thirty-five people have been killed in recent weeks during efforts to suppress those protests. This afternoon’s demonstration draws people from homes and business Continue reading

Delegation of Interfaith & Social Justice Leaders Arrive in Honduras

Delegation of Interfaith & Social Justice Leaders Arrive in Honduras Continue reading

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CARECEN-LA JOINS FAITH LEADERS & SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCATES TRAVELING TO HONDURAS IN WAKE OF CONTESTED ELECTIONS, WIDESPREAD PROTESTS AND VIOLENCE AMID OF A WEEK OF ACTION TO COINCIDE WITH THE CONTROVERSIAL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION Continue reading