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Violence-Wracked Honduras


The world's murder capital.

by Stephen Lendman

On June 28, 2009, a coordinated State Department-Pentagon project allied with Honduran military commanders and top opposition figures ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

Industrialists, financial interests, large landowners, and transnational corporations supported the coup.

A Porfirio Lobo fascist dictatorship replaced him. Washington backs, arms and funds it. 

All Honduran officers from captains on up train at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC). 

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Formerly it was called the School of the Americas (SOA). It's popularly known as the "School of Assassins."

It teaches how to torture, repress, exterminate poor and indigenous people, overthrow democratically elected governments, assassinate targeted leaders, and suppress popular resistance when it erupts. 

Its graduates specialize in state terror. They brutalize, disappear, and massacre elements perceived as threats to their authority. No one lives safe under these conditions.

Honduras' reputation as the world's murder capital is well deserved. Political and human rights activists, unionists and independent journalists are especially at risk. Conditions are exacerbated by Washington's complicity.

On May 11, a US helicopter attack killed four Hondurans, including two pregnant women. Another four were wounded during an anti-drug raid. 

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American Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) militants were involved. They then stormed homes while occupants slept. 

Witnesses said masked men spoke English. Hilaria Zavala said six men kicked in her door at 3AM, threw her husband to the floor, and threatened him at gunpoint.

Earlier, the DEA acknowledged its involvement in Honduras. Nonetheless, spokeswoman Dawn Dearden said agency personnel weren't in the village on May 11.

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