Why Honduras is so violent?
Three-part Media Story
"There has been a tremendous amount of social dislocation through violence ... accompanied by the U.S. war on drugs. And in many cases what we've seen in different parts of Central America is that where there's interest in land, the government starts calling people drug traffickers." (Annie Bird, Rights Action)
"[Land-owner] Facusse is one of the key backers of the coup three years ago that overthrew democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya. He's a very dangerous man. He has a private security army of 200-300 guards .... There's a great deal of fear of him, he's almost like a private warlord." (Dana Frank, historian)
COLLATERAL DAMAGE OF A DRUG WAR:
The May 11 U.S.-D.E.A. Killings in Ahuas and the Impact of the U.S. War on Drugs in La Moskitia, Honduras
by Annie Bird and Alexander Main
TV news report - part 1
WHY IS HONDURAS SO VIOLENT?
25 minute Al Jazeera report about U.S. funding and support to U.S.-backed Honduran security forces, about the May 11 U.S.-D.E.A. massacre in Ahuas and about endemic violence against the Honduran people
TV news report - part 2
WHY IS HONDURAS SO VIOLENT?
25 minute Al Jazeera report, follow-up analysis about Honduras, with Dana Frank, Annie Bird and others
NORTH AMERICAN PROBLEM
In the short term, there is no light at the end of Honduras' tunnel of violence and repression. A fundamental, underlying problem is that American and Canadian governments and business are maintaining profitable economic and military relations with the military-backed Honduran regime, turning a blind eye to, and actually benefiting from the violence, repression and impunity. These relations 'legitimize' and empower the regime. North Americans must keep on writing and pressuring their elected politicians and other government officials, with copies to the media. Public shaming of and pressure on North American governments and businesses is vital if we are to stop the 'legitimizing' and empowerment of the Honduran regime.
It is also crucial to continue supporting (with funds, human rights accompaniment, solidarity delegations, etc.) civil society groups in Honduras - many of which are members of the National Resistance Front - that are courageously struggling to denounce the abuses and human rights violations of the regime, all the while struggling and working to restore their democratic order and to re-found the State and society.
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