True Commission denounces repression in Tegucigalpa

Posted on March 25, 2011

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At ten o’clock this morning in the Honduran capital, in front of the National Teacher’s Pension Institute (IMPREMAH) building, police and military agents launched tear gas and used excessive force to evict the demonstration in favour of public education, which had been taking place on the IMPREMAH property since early this morning.

Similar evictions also took place at the site of the Honduran Association of Secondary School Professionals (COMPEMH) where large numbers of teachers barricaded themselves inside when riot police launched tear gas bombs inside the building. Teachers reported that despite these actions several people fainted due to the gases.

The True Commission (Comisión de Verdad – CDV) has reported there were individuals illegally detained in the offices of the Military Pension Institute (IPM) and are currently investigating the reports.

At the same time, in another area of Tegucigalpa, parents and students from various public educational institutions, including minors, conducted a peaceful march towards the Presidential House in support of the teachers’ associations protest. They were brutally repressed by police and military agents, who dispersed the demonstration with tear gas and brute force.

Injured were reported at all of these demonstrations and were taken to Hospital Escuela (the teaching hospital) and to the Maternity and Children’s Hospital (Materno Infantil).

At this time members of the True Commission and Human Rights organizations are working to collect information and secure protection and freedom for detained and other affected individuals.

SOURCE: Comisión de Verdad

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