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August 13, 2013 - Radio Interview on the Human Rights situation in Honduras with Greg Mccain and Brigitte Gynther on the Hemispheres show hosted by Irene Rodrigueze on KGNU Independent Community Radio http://www.kgnu.org/hemispheres/8/13/2013
The Teachers' Union has faced almost a week of continued violent repression by the Honduran Police and the repression has now spread once again to the National Autonomous University of Honduras--see upcoming post. Repression on Tuesday March 22:
Via the Honduran Accompaniment Project
Radio Globo in Honduras is currently reporting that police have surrounded the COPEMH building in Tegucigalpa begun throwing tear gas bombs inside of the building. COPEMH is the association of secondary school teachers in Honduras. They are reporting that there were approximately 27 teachers and parents inside, eating and resting. Representatives of human rights organizations and the subdirector of the FNRP are on site.
The public offices of the Comisión de Verdad are also located in the COPEMH complex. There are two buildings side by side that are part of the same complex, COPEMH occupies one and the CdV office is located in the tower next to it, which COPEMH rents out.
Teachers organizations and the FNRP are calling for a national civic strike tomorrow, Wednesday, March 23.
Repression on Wednesday March 23: Via Karen Spring from Rights Action
200 people are inside the COPEMH office in Tegucigalpa and police are throwing tear gas canisters into the building in a repeat of last night's violence. A red cross ambulance is on the site waiting to take away the injured.
This is now the fifth straight day of police and military violence against teachers and university students in the Honduran capital.
Repression on Thursday March 24th--Sixth Day:
Via Karen Spring of Rights Action
Teacher's march is currently being evicted by police that are launching tear gas & detaining teachers/resistance close to the Hotel Clarion in Tegucigalpa. Some people that have fled from the gas went to COLPROSUMAH (teacher's college) building where police are shooting tear gas as well. Based on the calls that I have received, more than 20 people have been detained & there are reports that people are injured. I'm sure there are much more.
Reports say that the smoke from the gas is entering the emergency wing of Hospital Escuela (the public hospital in Tegucigalpa).
Please stay tune for more updates and see post below on writing letters to Organization of American States and the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights.
Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres from Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) First interview / Primera entrevista: English - Español Recent Speech / Discurso Recién: English - Español
Rights Action has been doing good reporting and commentary as events unfold and has people on the ground monitoring the situation. They are also a reliable vehicle through which to get money to the organizations fighting for the restoration of democracy in Honduras.
Defensores en línea is the best (Spanish-only) online source for regularly updated information on the violation of human rights in Honduras.
Honduras Laboral is a regularly-updated blog in Spanish with the latest news coming out of Honduras, published by Community Communications.
School of the Americas Watch has good background information on the coup-plotters training at the Georgia-based School of the Americas / (also known as the School of Assasins) as well as news updates on the coup and a call to action.
Honduras Habla is a citizen-media project of Honduras with a variety of news updates and links to good, current information (in Spanish) about the resistance to the coup.
La Voz de los de Abajo is a Chicago-based organization that has been working to organize solidarity with the Honduran resistance and to denounce the coup from within the U.S.. This blog (Honduras Resists) is published and maintained by La Voz de los de Abajo members.
Americas Policy Program have some good coverage and some English translations of interviews, statements and documents about the coup, the international response and the resistance.