Honduras: COFADEH's response to Xatruch press conference Thu, 02/21/2013 -
COFADEH's response to Xatruch press conference
Thu, 02/21/2013 - 15:41 � AP
Translation from SOAW volunteers:
*Xatruch III, Get off the streets ... Get out of the Agu�n ... and give us
back our tranquility...!*
It is unconscionable for us that we could return to the old ways and the
old methods of the 1980s. We were surprised when, during a press conference
on Monday, February 18, the Commander of the Xatruch III Task Force,
Infantry DEM Colonel German Antonio Alfaro Escalante (based in the Agu�n)
made accusations against digital media, including defensoresenlinea.com,
the Committee of Relatives of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras
(COFADEH)�s online newspaper specializing in human rights.
In the 1980s, they did the same thing in the department of Olancho, in the
community of El Aguacate, where a military base was installed to run
counterinsurgency operations. Today, we remember it as a clandestine
cemetery from the days of the National Security Doctrine.
During this era, the men in olive green uniforms became personalities of
social welfare, attracting rural communities with medical brigades, giving
them hoes, machetes, grains and picks, to first gain their confidence and
then, install terror and death. Community by community was militarized,
their leaders persecuted, tortured, killed and disappeared, as were the
cases of Father Guadalupe Carney and Dr. Jos� Mar�a Reyes Mata among others
who were disappeared. Even today we look for their bodies, and we demand
We have no doubt that the militarization of our country is a strategy to
annihilate the demands of the citizenry, and, therefore, the army should
not be in the streets, in any part of our territory, nor should they be in
control of state institutions or public safety in Honduras. It has been
shown that they are not the solution; they are the problem. So they should
stop inventing enemies where none exist, and wars where we do not want them.
They must return to their military units, to their battalions. We do not
want them even fighting fires, nor as medical brigades, nor guarding the
ballot boxes under the pretext of ensuring democracy in this country.
As for the threats the Commander of the Xatruch III says he has received
from the United States and Europe, in reality, those are communications in
solidarity with the farmers of the Agu�n. Be not afraid of this, Colonel...!
The presence of Xatruch III in the Aguan IS a real threat. We said that
yesterday and we repeat it again today. An army that settles a critical
situation by way of weapons, tear gas, torture, detentions, the
criminalization of the peasant struggle, and attacks on the press, is an
army condemned to never overcome its primitive state. (Stone Age)
From defensoresenlinea.com we tell you that we do not receive orders from
anyone nor do we orchestrate CAMPAIGNS against anybody, we do what we have
to do in favor of the victims. When they stop making attempts against human
life, freedom of movement, freedom of expression, the right of youth to
dress and wear their hair as they want, only then will the voices be silent
and the writers stop writing.
We inform you that neither the Committee of Relatives of the Detained and
Disappeared of Honduras (COFADEH), nor our media team, nor Marvin Palacios
are intimidated by this�. Away with your efforts to scare us!�.
Drop the attitude of death and terrorism, withdraw from the Aguan, return
to your barracks, and then we�ll advance. With your attitude you are
creating and inventing enemies where there are none. There is no communism
here, what is here are people who have risen up to demand justice, who have
had enough of impunity.
To Infantry Colonel German Antonio Alfaro Escalante, we order you to not
impose your stars, uniform, nor weapons to silence the media. Don�t hide
the reality, Colonel! Don�t be afraid of your actions, be brave, don�t
forget that at COFADEH we are the surviving victims of your practices of
war and we know your methods.
The crimes and criminals
Will neither be forgiven nor forgotten!
Tegucigalpa, February 19, 2013
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