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US-Trained Police Are Hunting Down and Arresting Protesters Amid Post-Election Crisis in Honduras

Source: The Intercept

IT WAS THE middle of the night when they broke down the door. The children, aged 3 and 6, and their parents were all fast asleep in their home in Pimienta, a town 18 miles south of San Pedro Sula, in northwestern Honduras.

“They arrived at three in the morning,” said the mother of two whose home was raided. U.S.-trained and supported special forces agents, known as TIGRES, as well as criminal investigation officers searched the family home, flipping over the beds and ripping pillows apart while she and her children watched. Her partner had already been handcuffed and taken outside. read more

Dubbed a "grandmother of the resistance" after the 2009 coup d'état, Yolanda Chavarría sings the national anthem at a December 21st protest against election fraud outside the US Embassy in Tegucigalpa. She will turn 90 years old this year. Photo by Sandra Cuffe

“There Are No Human Rights Here:” Honduran Anti-Fraud Protesters Clamor for Justice as State Killings Continue

Hondurans are demanding justice for the protesters and bystanders killed in the ongoing crackdown on opposition protests by the US-backed government of Honduras. Two months after general elections were marred by widespread reports of fraud, and one month after the US government stood by the contested results, repression and militarization continue unabated. Protests are ongoing against a government many Hondurans see as illegitimate and authoritarian.

Nighttime road blockades have been springing up in neighborhoods around Tegucigalpa as opposition alliance supporters continue to protest electoral fraud. Photo by Sandra Cuffe

Voices from the Barricades: Protests Against Election Fraud Intensify in Honduras

Nighttime road blockades have been springing up in neighborhoods around the Honduran capital as opposition alliance supporters continue to protest electoral fraud. “They want to impose a president on us,” protester Angélica Medrano told Toward Freedom. “We don’t want a dictator. We want a country at peace, a free country, and to elect the president that we elected, for whom we voted, because that’s our right.”

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2015 Marked the Deadliest Year on Record for Environmental Activists

Source: Mongabay

It’s a dangerous time to take a stand for the environment. 2015 was the worst year on record for killings of people defending their forests, rivers, and lands from industrial projects, according to a report published on June 20 by Global Witness, a London-based NGO.

The report, On Dangerous Ground, documents 185 cases of environmental activists murdered in 16 countries around the world in 2015. The figure is the highest since Global Witness began collecting data in 2002, and represents a 59 percent increase from 2014. read more