Honduras Accompaniment Project

Honduras Accompaniment Project works to accompany the nonviolent social movement in Honduras in the face of the repression begun by the coup.

Honduran Journalist Beaten

Ricardo Castro, a radio and TV journalist for twenty-eight years, said he’s never seen repression like this in Honduras.  The previous Wednesday in Comayagua, the simple act of taking out his recording equipment at an anti-coup protest got him thrown to the ground and beaten by police.  He showed us the still-dark remnants of bruises sustained that day.  Wednesday he was detained along with peaceful protestors, and he said that the police sprayed water and pepper powder on the floor of their holding cell to make their eyes and skin burn.  On Monday in San Pedro Sul

Café Owners Beaten

After the attack on the caravan, police moved on to the central park of San Pedro Sula.  They began harassing someone sitting in the park for wearing a “Mel” ribbon on his hat, and took him away.  The crowd then began whistling at the police in disapproval, and the police responded by physically assaulting those in the park.  People ran for cover to a nearby commercial center, where a married couple owns an internet café.  They closed the gate on their business for safety.  Police appeared at the gate, demanded that they open it, and then pulled t

Cell Phone Messages Contain Death Threats

Gustavo Mejia, a local teacher, was driving at the head of the caravan with large speakers.  He testified that five policemen on motorcycles stopped his vehicle and threatened its occupants with pistols.   He testified that all around him, police were beating people, including sexually assaulting women with their clubs.  When Mejia was detained and taken to the first precinct of San Pedro Sula, he feared he would be disappeared – he had been detained in a teachers’ struggle in 2004.  He showed us that the last eight messages on his phone were anonymous d

Letter to US Embassy in Honduras

Ambassador Llorens,

We have compiled this report of human rights abuses committed by the Honduran police and military against civilians.  We will be disseminating this information internationally, and would like to be able to include a response from the U.S. Embassy, particularly a response to the U.S. government’s refusal to call the Honduran coup regime a coup regime.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Quixote Center / Quest for Peace

Tegucigalpa, Honduras: Tuesday, August 4

Widow of slain teacher.On Monday morning we went to the two locations where the wakes were being held for the two teachers who were killed in the last few days.  One teacher was shot on Thursday, and died on Saturday from gunshot wounds to the head.  Another was stabbed on his way home from the Saturday wake.   At the press conference/rally which was held before his funeral, teachers declared that they would strike all week th

July 31 Press Release By the International mission for Solidarity, Accompaniment, and Observation in Honduras

Crisis in Honduras deepens
–    violence erupted again in Tegucigalpa yesterday
–    Honduras now in a state of brutal dictatorship
–    international attention and solidarity needed to restore democracy  and human rights in Honduras

Yesterday, Thursday 30th July political violence returned to  Tegucigalpa, the capital of the Central American state, Honduras, as  police started fire at a peaceful demonstration in support of the  deported president of the country, Manuel Zelaya.