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Breaking News!- Dissident Voice from the EU Election Monitoring

From the Honduras Solidarity Network on the ground in Honduras.
A video of the press conference will be posted soon.
Foto V. Cervantes
Today at about 11:30 pm. Leo Gabriel, an anthropologist and member of the European Union’s Honduran Electoral monitoring team gave a press conference at the airport as the mission was leaving Honduras.  Gabriel dissented strongly from the preliminary report issued by the EU which classified the elections as transparent and the fact that the delegates were simply asked to turn in their observation sheets and then the report was issued without consultation with them.  Asked to characterize the elections Gabriel replied “Tramposas” which in Spanish means cheating or fraudulent.
The EU delegate spoke for more than 20 minutes, describing numerous examples of observed  fraud and irregularities. He also spoke about the problems with the scanning and tabulation of the tally sheets (Actas) by the TSE and stated that he did not have faith in the TSE and its results.
Foto V. Cervantes

UpsideDownWorld: The Different Souls of the Libre Party and Repression against Honduran Students

Originally published on Upside Down World link

Written by Orsetta Bellani, Translation by Clayton Conn
Friday, 29 November 2013 13:23

The sky over Tegucigalpa was filled with smoke on Tuesday afternoon outside the headquarters of the Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH). The students, outraged by the fraudulent election of President Juan Orlando Hernández, gathered at noon to hold an assembly inside the university. As soon as they took to the streets, there was a confrontation with the police.

“We were peacefully protesting when they fired a water cannon on us to provoke us,” said a young man whose brown eyes were visible under a shirt covering his entire face. With their mouths covered to protect themselves against tear gas, Honduran students threw stones at the police who were blocking the road with a truck. The police responded to the thrown stones with gas and water cannons. At the end of the day, some of the young people were reported injured and arrested.

“We march because Juan Orlando Hernández has been installed as president de facto. While chairing the National Congress he has taken hold of the Constitutional Court and the Public Ministry. He also created the Military Police for Public Order which is a throwback to the 80s, when young people disappeared for only having different ideas and being against the system. We can’t allow that the military police to continue to repress us, we have to take to the streets,” Hector Amador of the Autonomous University of Honduras was telling me when a few shots announced a rain of tear gas shot in our direction. We paused the conversation and escaped, while the air filled with smoke, burning our eyes and throat.


The rage of the young Hondurans against the electoral fraud could not wait for the official declaration. On the other hand, rank and file members of the Free Party (Freedom and Refundation) gathered the day after the elections for a spontaneous demonstration against election fraud and are still waiting for the party to make its next move.

Xiomara Castro had not appeared in public since Sunday night and, after several days of silence, announced that Friday she will present evidence of fraud. “We maintain the position we had on Sunday when we declared that we are the winners, Free means a major political force in the country and today we are in first place,” said Castro.

Libre is a party with several distinct souls, bringing together traditional political and social movement activists. Most of its leaders are former members of the Liberal Party that renounced the coup in June 2009 and supported former president “Mel” Zelaya in the formation of a new party. This means that many posters of the iIbre Party, which propose “a Honduran track” to Socialism of the XXI Century, are nothing more than former leaders of the Liberal party. It is the expression of a political group of the Honduran oligarchy that for a hundred years has alternated in power with the National Party.

The Free Party was born after former President Zelaya returned from exile in May 2011. At first not all of the organizations of the FNRP (National Popular Resistance Front, a national coalition formed to fight against the June coup) accepted the transformation of the movement into a party. In fact, the creation of the Free Party divided the FNRP between the “electoral” and “refounding” currents, which the latter believed necessary to continue with street demonstrations rather than betting on the electoral process.

However, with the passage of time, many members of the anti-party current of the FNRP began to see “Doña Xiomara” as an opportunity to break the bi-party system that  has oppressed the country for a hundred years. Furthermore, her candidacy is a challenge to Honduran sexism and a powerful oligarchy consisting of a handful of families that control the economic and political system of the Central American country.

“I think it’s important that the Libre Party wins. In Honduras there is a necesity that another political force is installed in the government,” said Bertha Cáceres, the general coordinator of COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras), who I found observing the elections. “We believe that the Libre Party will not make profound changes, the oligarchy will have the real power even if the Libre Party wins. Yet, it would represent a different government from what we have had with the fascist ultra right-wing government. And it would also be something historic to have a woman president, even though we know that that doesn’t necessarily mean women will reach a dignified life.”


New video on the assassination of CNTC and LIBRE party members in Cantarranas

[Version en español abajo ]
Today, November 28, La Voz de los de Abajo and the CNTC held a joint press conference  at the offices of COFADEH in Tegucigalpa. New testimony about the murders of the was delivered by the Secretary General of the CNTC and by a close personal friend.

Also, La Voz de los de Abajo released a new video of the site of the murder in Cantarranas and other footage related to the murder of “Amparito” Pineda Duarte.

Photo of the President of the Cooperative of “Carbon”,  Department of Fransisco Morazan, affiliated with the National Center of Farmworkers (CNTC) Maria Amparo Pineda Duarte, who was assassinated last night along with Julio Ramon Maradiaga, both CNTC members, while returning a training for LIBRE electoral workers at the election tables MERs.


Audio Interview by Observatory for the Human Rights and Resistance of Women (in spanish)

Spanish: Activistas asesinados en Cantarranas Dos socios de la Cooperativa del Carbon, afiliada con el Central Nacional de Trabajadores del Campo (CNTC), fueron asesinados anoche mientras regresaban de una capacitacion electoral, dado que los dos victimas tenian cargos oficiales electorales para las elecciones de hoy.  Unos hombres encapuchados los emboscaron con armas de alto calibre mientras iban caminando hacia sus casas. Se murieron inmediatamente por los tiroteos. Los hechos ocurrieron entre las 7:30 y las 8:00 PM, en la comunidad de Carbon, Municipio de Cantarranas. Maria Amparo Pineda Duarte era la Presidenta electa de la Cooperativa.  Julio Ramon Maradiaga era socio activo.  Hay una lucha de tierra continua en la zona , y los dos victimas eran socios activos del partido LIBRE. Entrevista by Observatorio de Derechos Humanos y Resistencias de las Mujeres


Delegation of observers from the Honduras Solidarity Network testify to grave irregularities and does not ratify the official results the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Honduras

Release:  Delegation of observers from the Honduras Solidarity Network testify to grave irregularities and does not ratify the official results the Supreme Electoral Tribunal of Honduras


Preliminary Report of the Delegation of Honduras Solidarity Network regarding the Honduran Elections of 2013

November 26, 2013
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

This report is a preliminary summary of observations based on the accounts from the US-based Honduras Solidarity Network / Alliance for Global Justice election observation delegation. The HSN/AGJ delegation was comprised of 166 International Accompaniers accredited and trained through the Honduran Supreme Electoral Tribunal. Our election observation delegates were organized into two zones, one in Tegucigalpa and one in the North with a presence in Progreso, Copan, Colon,  Ocotopeque,  Lempira, and Santa Barbara.  This is our initial public statement regarding the work in the northern zone where we observed at least 100 voting tables (MER).

Our goal was to accompany the people of Honduras in their electoral process as they seek social justice in their country. We have been clear that our limited presence – and the presence of election observers in general – cannot guarantee that a fair election would be held. The elections took place within a context where international and Honduran human rights groups have expressed alarm at conditions that could prevent the possibility of fair and free elections. We are concerned by the violence and harassment against the political opposition, human rights defenders, small farmers and indigenous communities.

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Delegacion de observadores del Honduras Solidarity Nework atestiguo graves iregularidades y no ratifica los resultados oficiales del Tribunal Supremo Electoral de Honduras

Delegacion de observadores del Honduras Solidarity Nework atestiguio  graves iregularidades y no ratifica los resultados oficiales del Tribunal Supremo Electoral de Honduras


Reporte Preliminar de la Delegacion de Honduras Solidarity Network Sobre Las Elecciones
26 de noviembre, 2013
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Este informe es un resumen preliminar de las observaciones basada en los reportes de la delegación de observación electoral patrocinado por la Red  de Solidaridad con Honduras [Honduras Solidarity Network] / Alianza para la Justicia Global [Alliance for Global Justice] con base en los Estados Unidos.. La delegación HSN / AGJ fue compuesto de 166 acompañantes internacionales acreditados y capacitados a través del Tribunal Supremo Electoral de Honduras. Nuestros delegados de observación electoral se organizaron en dos zonas, uno en Tegucigalpa y otro en el Norte con una presencia en Progreso, Copán, Colón, Ocotepeque, Lempira y Santa Bárbara. Esta es nuestra declaración pública inicial relacionada al trabajo en la zona norte, donde se observó al menos 100 mesas de votación (MER).

Nuestro meta fue el de acompañar al pueblo Hondureño en su proceso electoral en su búsqueda de la justicia social en su país. Nos ha quedado claro que nuestra limitada presencia – y la presencia de observadores electorales en general – no garantiza que una elección justa se celebraría. Las elecciones se llevaron a cabo dentro de un contexto dentro del cual los grupos internacionales y hondureños de derechos humanos han expresado su alarma por las condiciones que podrían impedir la posibilidad de elecciones justas y libres. Estamos preocupados por la violencia y el acoso contra la oposición política, los defensores de derechos humanos, campesinos y comunidades indígenas.

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Video: LGBT in Honduras, an interview with LGBT Leader Pepe Palacios post election day

LGBT in Honduras, an interview with LGBT Leader Pepe Palacios post election day

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people in Honduras face several challenges: one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, a murder rate that is the highest in the world, brutal opposition by the Catholic and Protestant churches and their allies in the government.

The United States is far from blameless in this situation. In this short film, LGBT Honduran leader Pepe Palacios explains why.

Filmed by Andy Thayer as part of the Honduran Equality Delegation, the first LGBTI-focused solidarity delegation to visit Honduras. Andy is a co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network, a multi-issue LGBTI direct action group