Heavy repression continues in Honduras – 85 year-old woman detained in Stadium

From Tegucigalpa

The Stadium Chochi Sosa is being used as a concentration camp. Hundreds of people are inside. There is grave fear that the Stadium will be used as Pinochet did in Chile, and those hundreds – increasing all the time – will be killed. There is torture. They are opening another stadium for the same purpose. Amongst the people captured is an 85 year-old woman who had been going to the marches every day.

At least 3 people have been confirmed killed by teargas including one 8 year old child, and other deaths have been reported.

The curfew was extended to all the daylight hours of Tuesday, then Tuesday night, then all daylight hours of Wednesday, but on Wednesday morning we got an announcement that the curfew was suspended 10am to 5pm for people to go shopping and it is suspended for the daylight hours of Thursday too.

But repression continues during suspension of curfew. At 3.15pm on Wednesday a huge march arrived at the central park but shots and teargas bombs were reported to be fired into the crowd and police tried to follow protesters home.

We must now expect the curfew to be ‘normal’, with shopoing allowed between 10am and 5pm.

The curfews in July/June were ended partly through international pressure, but they were only at night, so this is a real escalation of the extremely precarious situation. The curfew is ILEGAL, unconstitutional, but it is very dangerous to go outside because of the military presence.

Groups of about 1000 people are marching on the streets, but there are live shots, rubber bullets and teargas thrown onto the crowd. There has been spontaneous marches in neighborhoods and these are attacked by police.

There are some 300 people accompanying President Zelaya at the Brazilian Embassy including many who stayed there since Monday afternoon. They are without access to food, water or electricity.

The regime cut basic services to this whole neighborhood and on Tuesday morning the army fired a tear gas bomb in the Embassy affecting all persons inside. The regime has also announced its intention to ´clean out´ the embassy. This is despite US President Obama saying that if they do the US will treat this as if it was an attack on the US Embassy. Red Cross is not permitted by the regime to assist people in the embassy with food or medical attention.

There has been many illegal arrests. People are being hunted in the streets of Tegucigalpa and Comayaguela, people’s homes are being invaded, and hospitals searched to illegally arrest and put people into the Stadium Chochi Sosa.

Because of the curfew the hospitals lack staff to do cleaning and cooking.

Local shops were emptied because of curfew and so many go hungry.

There is a lot of interference with Radio Globo, and Channel 36, the media that are against the coup and repression. Their signals are constantly interrupted – I have seen the TV go blank many times. The military are trying to drive away the national and international journalists from the Brazilian Embassy and its surroundings to prevent them from reporting. A noise machine to make deafening sounds has been used against people there.

The channels supporting the coup are running, misinforming and putting on normal entertainment programs.

Calls for UN peacekeepers have had no response so far.

All airports remain closed.

Telephone networks controlled and service is limited.

Military also control transport and electricity

Live ammunition is fired on streets where there are protests

Most of the country is militarised and there is no freedom of information, movement, association, no human rights.

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Calls at UN for anti-Cuba blockade to be lifted

• Leaders speak in favor of reforming the organization

NEW YORK, September 23.— Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva stated that without a political will, obsolete measures such as the U.S. blockade of Cuba will continue to exist. The dignitary was the first speaker at the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly, which took place today.

For his part, Uruguayan President Tabaré  Vázquez, stated that as Americans, “we feel the ethical duty and political responsibility of likewise reiterating in this international forum that we will persevere in our efforts toward American integration without exclusions, exceptions, or blockades like the one affecting Cuba.”

Likewise, Bolivian leader Evo Morales stated that in order to change the world, “we will first have to change the UN and end the blockade of Cuba.”

Meanwhile, during yesterday’s session, U.S. President Barack Obama called for a “new era of commitment” to the world and promised to work alongside other nations while defending his own country’s interests.

“The time has come for the world to move in a new direction. We must embrace a new era of engagement based on mutual interest and mutual respect,” said Obama during his speech before the Assembly.

Meanwhile, French President Nicolas Sarkozy proposed reaching an agreement on a provisional reform of the Security Council before the end of the year. “The crisis is forcing us to demonstrate imagination and boldness,” he said, stating that, “in politics, the economy and environmental policy, the need for global government is imperative,” EFE reports.

Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi also called for a reform of the UN, by transforming the General Assembly into its central apparatus and transferring the prerogatives of the Security Council to that authority.

He also commented that, according to the UN Charter, all countries are equal, irrespective of their size, but the vast majority of them are not represented on the Council.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Libyan diplomat Ali Treki, General Assembly president for the next period, both called for a reinforcement of multilateralism.

For the former, this is the time to act with a spirit of renewed multilateralism, to create “a United Nations of genuine collective action”.

Among the most important issues facing the international organization, Ban mentioned nuclear disarmament and the battle against poverty and climate change.

Meanwhile, Treki alerted delegates to current challenges related to peace and international security. He identified the challenges of conflicts among states, civil wars, weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, organized crime, the deterioration of the environment, extreme poverty and the spread of infectious diseases.

The Libyan diplomat called on members to work for the revitalization of the General Assembly and “a more representative and reformed Security Council.” He also reaffirmed a commitment to the environment and a non-selective approach to the issue of human rights.

Translated by Granma International

Cuba Has Always Been on the Side of the Palestinian People

President Mahmoud Abbas confirmed in Havana

Aida Calviac Mora

The President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, highlighted the constant support from Cuba for the cause of its people, on his arrival this Friday in Havana, at the invitation of Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of the Your browser may not support display of this image. Councils of State and of Ministers.

DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER MARK RODRÍGUEZ RECEIVED ABBAS.

I am very happy to be here. Our friendship goes back many years during which the Cuban people have always been on the side of the Palestinian people, pointed out the President of the Executive Committee of the Organization for the Liberation of Palestine (PLO) and of the National Palestine Authority (NPA).

Abbas, who was received at the José  Martí international airport by Marcos Rodríguez Costa, deputy minister of External Relations, said that the objective of his first visit to the island is to strengthen bilateral relations.

Palestine, historically, has condemned the blockade by the United States against Cuba; however, it is not full member of the United Nations and, consequently, does not have the right to vote.

International community demands end of the blockade of Cuba

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), which is the largest trade union organization across the United States and Canada, voted a resolution demanding an end to the US blockade of Cuba and the elimination of restrictions on travel to the island.

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Emergency Situation in Honduras

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ALERT:  EMERGENCY SITUATION IN HONDURAS

DEMONSTRATION WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 IN NEW YORK CITY
TAKES ON GREATER URGENCY

ACTIONS IN FRONT OF U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICES URGED

CALL THE WHITE HOUSE AND STATE DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY TO DEMAND AN END TO THE REPRESSION AND THE MICHELETTI FRAUD GOVERNMENT

President Manuel Zelaya, who was deposed on June 28 by a right-wing pro-U.S. coup, has returned home to his beloved country. Reports indicate that he is secure at the Brazilian embassy. His return is a victory for the people of Honduras and is a direct result of their non-stop and daily struggle for over 80 days.
There is however, currently a very dangerous situation in the country that demands the immediate solidarity from the movement in the U.S.

The illegal government of Roberto Micheletti is carrying out a violent wave of repression at this very moment.

Blogs report: “TeleSur is showing images of uniformed National Police members, with billy clubs, shields, helmets and guns, surrounding the zone near the Brazilian Embassy, apparently to close access to the area, blocking anti-coup demonstrators from entering or leaving. The network is also broadcasting live images, from Channel 36, of two helicopters circling over the Embassy.”

The internet and cell phone signals have been blocked hindering the people and the movement from getting information out about the repression.

People in Honduras report that at 5:20 in the morning a wave of repression began against the people gathered around the Brazilian Embassy. The Micheletti government has thrown tear gas and other tools of repression have been used.  One blogger stated:”The fascist repression is upon us.”

Another Honduran reports: “Just like Mel (President Zelaya) was able to get to the Brazilian embassy after being exiled, every Honduran should get to Tegucigalpa from whatever part of Honduras they are at.”

An unidentified individual told Radio Globo “We urge the International Community to come and count the dead.” They went on to say that the Resistance is not afraid and will not give up.

People from a neighborhood called Kennedy in Tegucigalpa declared massive civil disobedience and do not recognize any tax imposed by the coup government. They have taken to the streets in a massive spontaneous march that began at 9:30 at night and ended later that night.

The march started with a few dozen and ended with 3,000 in one neighborhood alone.

Solidarity with the people of Honduras more urgent than ever.

The IAC urges everyone to take part in an emergency alert. Here are some things you can do:

1)      If you are in NYC take part at the demonstration Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 5-7pm in front of the Honduran Embassy 48th St. and 1st Ave. If you are outside NYC, organize an emergency action in your city.

2)      Call the White House and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton immediately and demand an end to the repression

3)      Support the work of the IAC by giving a generous donation.  You can donate online at http://iacenter.org/donate/

4)      The IAC is organizing a solidarity delegation to Honduras from October 7 through October 11 to participate in a Solidarity conference organized by the National Front of the Resistance. You can support this delegation with messages of solidarity or by inviting Hondurans and the other delegates to report back on that conference or with a donation.

SOLIDARITY WITH THE RESISTANCE AND PEOPLE OF HONDURAS!

END THE REPRESSION!

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Raúl heads tribute of the people

GENERAL of the Army Raúl Castro Ruz, president of the Councils of State and Ministers, led the tribute given yesterday by the Cuban people to Commander of the Revolution Juan Almeida. 

Your browser may not support display of this image. Together with Almeida’s family, those present included members of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of Cuba, its Central Committee, and other high-ranking Cuban leaders who, visibly moved, placed flowers in front of a photo of the Hero of the Republic of Cuba, surrounded by wreaths and a display of they many decorations he received during his revolutionary career.  

Flags at half-mast and silent plazas received more than two million Cubans who, saddened at the loss of one of their homeland’s most loyal men, joined in endless, hushed lines at 370 points located in provincial and municipal capitals and major towns to pay just tribute to Commander of the Revolution Juan Almeida Bosque. 

In front of a photo of the comandante, placed in the most emblematic sites of every corner of the country, there were bows, tears, military salutes, conspiratorial winks and flowers left by children who surely heard, as their parents conversed, about the greatness of the man who everyone is remembering today. There was no tranquility for any Cuban after learning of the painful news.  

Thus, it was that, in sad silence and immense patriotism that Cuba experienced this 13th of September. In the capital, tens of thousands of people paid tribute to Juan Almeida in a constant flow that began at 8 a.m. and continued until 8 p.m., when José Ramón Machado Ventura, first vice president of the Councils of State and Ministers, Esteban Lazo Hernández, Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada and Pedro Sáez Montejo, all members of the Political Bureau, stood as the last honor guard for the beloved Commander of the Revolution.  

There in the heroic city of Santiago de Cuba, in the Major General Antonio Maceo Plaza, a well-merited tribute was paid to the man who was a Granma expeditionary, participant in the assault on the Moncada, and Communist Party delegate in Oriente province. The posthumous tribute was marked by the sobriety, consternation, and grief in bidding farewell to the eternal compañero, the leader, and the member of the contingent of young rebels who, in that very land, initiated the struggle toward victory.

Today, Cuba vibrated with emotion for the Commander of the Revolution, for the man who lived for his people, from whom he received and will always receive the deepest respect and admiration. (Team of correspondents) 

Translated by Granma International

Santiago prepares mass tribute at Almeida’s burial on Tuesday

THOUSANDS of people in Santiago will fill the streets of that heroic city tomorrow, Tuesday, to pay tribute to Commander of the Revolution Juan Almeida Bosque, during the procession to the mausoleum of the historic Third Eastern Front of the Rebel Army, where the military ceremony for his burial is to take place.  

Lázaro Expósito, first secretary of the Communist Party in the province, said that the funeral cortege will leave Santiago’s military airport at 7 a.m. and, as it as it passes along the route, the people en masse will pay tribute to Comandante Almeida.  

The procession will take in the city hall, where, on January 1, 1959, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro announced to the world the triumph of the Revolution; later, before moving on through other municipalities, it will pass cross the area of the former Moncada Garrison’s Post No. 3, now the 26th of July Educational Complex. After that, it will go to Cruce de los Baños. 

After this tribute by the people, Almeida will be interred in a private ceremony on the crest of La Esperanza Hill, where the mausoleum stands. That hill is the final resting place for 40 combatants from the guerrilla detachment of the Third Front, founded on March 6, 1958.  

Translated by Granma International