Back in Honduras social protest was suppressed by the State’s repressive forces
By Giorgio Trucchi – LINyM
Some three hundred people who were demonstrating outside the U.S. military base at Soto Cano (Palmerola), demanding an end to militarization in Honduras and Latin America, were suppressed with tear gas and beaten by a strong contingent of military and police.
“We were moving toward the main entrance of the largest U.S. military base in the region, when police attacked us with gas. Several colleagues were beaten,” said Bertha Caceres, Coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH).
Minutes later, the group of national and international activists took the road again and continued their protest, which is part of the International Conference against the Militarization that developed in the past few days in La Esperanza, Intibucá, Honduras.
“We are surrounded by soldiers and police, but our action is peaceful and only want to express our rejection of the coup, imperialism and repression. We demand justice, an end to impunity and reject the law with which the deputies intend to revive conscription in the country,” said indigenous leader.
According to Caceres, the decision to move against the military base in Soto Cano during the second anniversary of the coup in 2009 that overthrew the legitimate government of Manuel Zelaya, is due to the need “to remember the harmful role that United States has had for over a hundred years against the Honduran people. ”
“We are remembering that the United States has played a key role in the coup and that the militarization promoted by this imperial government across Latin America and the Caribbean, is part of a strategy of invasion, expropriation and looting of our countries.
Again, the social protest is being repressed and criminalized, and we are denouncing this to the world,” said Caceres.
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