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Honduran Police State Repression

by Stephen Lendman

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Honduras is a fascist police state.

On June 28, 2009, Obama colluded with Honduran fascists. With US approval and support, they ousted Honduras' democratically elected president.

Manuel Zelaya was arrested at home. Security forces confronted him at gunpoint.

Junta rule replaced him. Porfirio (Pepe) Lobo Sosa heads Honduras' government. It's illegitimate.

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State terror is policy. The infamous CIA-created Battalion 316 was reactivated. In the 1980s, death squads disappeared, tortured, and murdered regime opponents.

A state of siege exists. Human rights violations are horrific. Killings, beatings, disappearances, and intimidation are commonplace. 

Human rights workers, trade unionists, journalists, and other regime opponents are targeted. Honduras is Latin America's murder capital. It's a virtual free-fire zone. It's unsafe to live in.

For decades, Honduran officers have been trained at the School of the America's. It's now called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISEC). State terror techniques are taught.

Instruction includes ways to kill, maim, torture, oppress,  exterminate poor and indigenous people, overthrow democratically elected governments, assassinate targeted leaders, suppress popular resistance, and solidify hard-right rule cooperatively with Washington.

The Honduras Solidarity Network (HSN) struggles for social justice. It denounces human rights violations. It opposes US intervention.

In December 2012, it wrote World Bank president Jim Yong Kim, saying: "Stop Funding Merchants of Death in Honduras."

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"The problem in Honduras is not the human rights defenders," it stresses. It advocates active resistance. It works cooperatively with likeminded groups.

Rights Action believes ordinary people matter. They make a difference. Change depends on them. On March 17, it highlighted continued Honduran repression, violence and impunity.

Human rights violations are deplorable. Targeted killings are commonplace. So are other repressive acts.

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