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Tue Dec 5, 2017, 02:47 PM

"We Don't Want to Repress": Police in Honduras Refuse Orders to Stamp Out Pro-Democracy Protests

Source: Common Dreams

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017
byCommon Dreams

"We are tired. And our job is to give peace and security to the Honduran people, not repress them. We want all Hondurans to be safe."
byJon Queally, staff writer


Amid widening violence and ongoing protests, members of the Honduras National Police force—including those within the U.S.-trained units known as the Cobras—say they are refusing to obey orders from the right-wing government of the incumbent president, Juan Orlando Hernández, who has used the security forces to crackdown on demonstrators and imposed a curfew amid allegations of voter fraud in recent elections.

"We want peace, and we will not follow government orders – we're tired of this," a spokesperson for the police told reporters outside the national police headquarters on Monday. "We aren't with a political ideology. We can't keep confronting people, and we don't want to repress and violate the rights of the Honduran people."

On Monday night, demonstrations in the streets continued as opponents of Hernández poured into the streets with pots and pans—now with the tacit support of the police forces who had earlier been sent disperse them—as they called for transparency in the counting of votes and the ouster of the ruling party. As Reuters reports, "Some police officers abandoned their posts and joined carnival-like demonstrations that erupted across the city hours after night fell and the curfew was supposed to have begun."

While reporting indicated that police officers were also striking in order to receive better wages and treatment from their superiors, a member of the elite Cobras unit—many of whom have been trained by U.S. military operators at the infamous School of the Americas or its descendants—said there was more to their refusal than working conditions for themselves. "This is not a strike, this not about salaries or money," the officer told the Guardian. "It's that we have family. We are tired. And our job is to give peace and security to the Honduran people, not repress them. We want all Hondurans to be safe."

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Reply "We Don't Want to Repress": Police in Honduras Refuse Orders to Stamp Out Pro-Democracy Protests (Original post)
Judi Lynn Dec 2017 OP
FiveGoodMen Dec 2017 #1
47of74 Dec 2017 #4
Fred Sanders Dec 2017 #2
sandensea Dec 2017 #3
pangaia Dec 2017 #5
GatoGordo Dec 2017 #6

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 5, 2017, 02:51 PM

1. Wow. Where can WE get cops like that?

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Response to FiveGoodMen (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 5, 2017, 03:16 PM

4. No kidding.

 

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 5, 2017, 02:54 PM

2. If you want to know how USA controlled Latin America throughout history even to now, just

learn a bit about the American School of the Americas, a military training school focused on Latin America.

Watershed moment when a RW government's elite enforcers refuse commands.
Any wonder Venezuela seems a tad paranoid these days?

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Response to Fred Sanders (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 5, 2017, 03:10 PM

3. Right you are.

They're at it again in Argentina - a country which only two years ago was one of the region's great turnaround stories as far as human rights and holding perpetrators accountable.

Now that a Trump BFF is in power, it's starting to look like the 70s again (without the Jackie O. shades and Ford Falcons).

https://www.democraticunderground.com/110858284

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 5, 2017, 03:20 PM

5. ".... they are refusing to obey orders from the right-wing government of the incumbent president,...

I fear we may need some similar refusal right here....

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 5, 2017, 03:59 PM

6. The police in Honduras are very professional

 

Honduras is full of friendly, highly educated professional people. I have been there many, many times.

Sadly, according to friends living there, the vast majority of the violent protests are being led by outsiders who are not even from Honduras. That is were the "repression" is focused.

The "cacerolazo" (pots and pans) protests have a long history in Central and South America. It is a beautiful cacophony, to anyone who has ever heard it!

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