Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Honduras police shot people with live fire during National Strike

31 March 2011.

The National Civic Strike faced violent repression nationwide, police surveillance in Chicago.

Wednesday, March 30th. Early in the morning several points throughout the country were taken over by the FNRP; The National Civic Strike, convened in the context of the assembly of last February and the more recent teachers' struggles, was considered a big success by the Honduran resistance. The government, in turn, responded with brutal repression in almost all points.

The most brutal repressive action took place in the road track known as Planes in the department of Colón, where people were wounded by live fire, leaving several injured. The wounded are now in Tocoa, Sonaguera and in Olanchito receiving medical treatment. During the afternoon, Juan Barahona declared on television that he held telephone communication with the injured “they say that they received bursts of shots fired leaving them seriously wounded in their arms and legs”.

There are reports of several detainees including students, injured and intoxicated.

Protestors in Chicago also faced police presence (see video, courtesy of La Voz de los de Abajo), and other demonstrations were convened in New York and Los Angeles later that afternoon by Departamento 19 Colectives and Solidarity Networks.

See extensive coverage on the National Civic Strike in Spanish.