U.S. Secret Drug War in Honduras: Botched DEA Raid Leaves 2 Pregnant Women, 2 Men Dead

May 18, 2012

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The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has confirmed its agents were on board a U.S.-owned helicopter with Honduran police officers when four people were shot and killed on a boat earlier this week. Two of the victims were said to be pregnant women. The deadly incident has highlighted the centrality of Honduras in the U.S.-backed drug […]

NYT, WaPo Let Unnamed U.S. Officials Spin Honduras Killings

May 18, 2012

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Flight of the Blackhawks

The details are somewhat murky, but we know the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is heavily involved in counternarcotics in Honduras. A shooting incident last Friday reportedly left four innocent people dead–including two pregnant women. Questions are being raised about whether they were shot by DEA agents who were apparently going after a boat carrying drug […]

HRW: Investigate Killing of Four Civilians

May 18, 2012

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Honduras DEA

(Washington, DC) – Honduran and US authorities should ensure a prompt, thorough, and impartial investigation of the alleged killing of four civilians and wounding of four others during a joint counternarcotics operation in the Mosquitia region of Honduras. In the pre-dawn hours of May 11, a helicopter carrying members of the Honduran National Police and agents […]

Consequences of the military occupation

May 15, 2012

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Although we have not read the official reaction of the U.S. Embassy about the tragic military actions of the Drug Enforcement Agency in detriment of the civilian population of the municipality of Ahuas in La Mosquitia, we can draw three preliminary conclusions. The first one is that the operation launched at night against suspected drug […]

Dead in Moskitia were not drug traffickers, according to authorities

May 15, 2012

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DEA agents

TEGUCIGALPA.- The four people who died and four wounded in the anti-drug raid were not drug traffickers, but rather were honest, humble citizens, stated the Congressman from Gracias a Dios, Wood Grawell Maylo; and the mayor of the town of Ahuas, Lucio Baquedano. The attack occurred in the pre-dawn hours last Friday when a helicopter […]

CPJ condemns attacks against Honduran journalists

May 12, 2012

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Alfredo Villatoro

New York, May 10, 2012–The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply concerned about a recent wave of violence and intimidation against journalists in Honduras, including the abduction of a radio journalist and two attacks on television journalists. “A climate of unrelenting hostility toward Honduran journalists is restricting the flow of news and eroding citizens’ right […]

Our Hope Is in Our Struggle: Reclaiming Land and Life in Honduras

May 8, 2012

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By Lauren Elliott and Beverly Bell, Other Worlds | Report “Land, well, it’s our first mother. For us farmers, we don’t have life without land. That’s the reason we’re in this struggle.” – Consuelo Castillo In Honduras, as in most places, the government and the wealthy treat land as a commodity. In pursuit of the profits it […]