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Honduras Dispatch: Interview with Zelaya – October 3, 2009

Terms Being Offered “Aren’t Sincere”

photo of groups of demonstrators in a conversation Leaders of the nonviolent anti-coup movement confer during a stand-off
between police and demonstrators.

Tegucigalpa, Honduras – “It’s like being trapped in some kind of Neo-Nazi concentration camp,” said ousted Honduran President Mel Zelaya, during a cell phone interview on Friday afternoon. Mr. Zelaya was referring to conditions inside the Brazilian Embassy, where he’s been holed up for almost two weeks, after sneaking back into the country on foot. The president, known for his trademark cowboy hat and flamboyant mustache, said that the hundreds of soldiers surrounding the Embassy are very strict about how much… more

by: Jeremy Kryt

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Honduras: Three Months after the Coup – September 28, 2009

De Facto Regime Continues Reign of Terror

photo of heavily armed people in full battle-dress in front of a metal-shuttered building Masked police officers attempt to disperse a peaceful protest march
last week in the capital. ‘We no longer have a right to things like
Freedom of Assembly,’ said COFADEH Director Bertha Oliva.

City under Siege

Tegucigalpa, Honduras – The Brazilian Embassy here is a surprisingly small, low-slung, stucco building, with sturdy, green-painted steel gates. The light-green and yellow Brazilian flag still flies above the electrified defense wires. Since last Monday, Honduran soldiers and police guard both ends of the street. All the houses and other buildings on… more

by: Jeremy Kryt

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Dispatch from Honduras – September 15, 2009

De Facto Regime Terrorizes Father of Slain Youth

Tegucigalpa, Honduras – It’s been a rough summer for the Murillo family. On July 5th – one week after the military coup that ousted democratically-elected president Mel Zelaya – nineteen- year-old Isis Obed Murillo was killed when soldiers opened fire on a peaceful protest march at Toncontin airport. Obed’s father, Jose David Murillo, a well-known anti-deforestation crusader with the Environmental Movement of Olancho (MAO), and head pastor of the New Life Church, had long taught his family the virtues of peaceful resistance to authoritarian power. Pastor Murillo, his son Isis, and three other siblings had come to the airport that morning to welcome home the deposed president, and to show their… more

by: Jeremy Kryt

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