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 death threats against his children, trying to terrorize him into leaving the movement against coup.  Teachers in particular have received a lot of repression, he said.  “They tell us our days are numbered.”

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