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Slechts twee jaar na de coup van 2009 in Honduras is alles gladgestreken. De regering van president Lobo is internationaal erkend en nu Zelaya zijn eigen politieke partij heeft, is het land democratisch. Onder het groene gras van vrijheid en democratie verschuilt zich echter de slang van de drugskartels. De boeren vechten nog steeds voor een stukje grond waarop ze wat voedsel kunnen verbouwen. De armoede drijft mensen in de armen van de cocaïneproducenten en handelaren, het verbod op en de strijd tegen drugs maakt dit deel van de bevolking tot criminelen. Nog even en cocaïne is het belangrijkste exportproduct van Honduras!

De handel in drugs is een belangrijke pijler van de Amerikaanse (en Europese!) economie. Dat de banken geld uit het niets creëren in de vorm van leningen die op de begroting gelden als activa en die rente opbrengen, dat weten we reeds. Maar banken kunnen niet leven van de lucht waaruit ze die leningen creëren. Ze hebben ook echt geld nodig! Dit geld is vaak afkomstig van het witten van bankjes bij de bank. Het komt van de drugsverslaafden die desnoods uit stelen gaan om hun dagelijkse dosis… Het verbod op drugs veroorzaakt veel kleine criminaliteit, maar tegelijkertijd kunnen de banken niet zonder deze criminele toestroom van echt geld!!!

De bevolking die graag op een eerlijke manier wil werken, voegt geen enkele waarde toe aan deze criminele mallemolen van drugs, zwartgeld en witgeld. De boeren die land eisen worden vervolgd, waarbij men zich beroept op de strijd tegen de drugs als excuus om het leger in te zetten tegen deze mensen, die willen leven in een democratisch en socialistisch politiek klimaat. Maar in de strijd tegen de boeren spelen ook internationale handelsbelangen mee. Grote palmolie plantages brengen meer op dan voedsel voor de bevolking. Om te voorkomen dat de waarheid bekend wordt, worden journalisten tot zwijgen gebracht, dat wil zeggen: vermoord.

Op 16 april 2011 was over Honduras reeds het volgende bericht verschenen: Cocaine lab found in Honduras signals big shift in drug business

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Counter-narcotics agents in Honduras discovered a major cocaine-processing complex last month tucked in mountainous triple-canopy jungle near the border with Guatemala, a worrisome sign that Colombian drug lords are shifting their operations to the weaker countries of Central America.

The jungle complex was the first large drug-processing laboratory found north of South America’s Andean region, and it signals a major change in the cocaine business. Traditionally, the industry has processed leaves from coca plant in hidden labs in Colombia, then shipped the cocaine to North America and Europe.

Now, however, some traffickers are shipping semi-refined coca paste, or cocaine base, to Honduras, where it goes through the final processing into white powder, police officials think.

“This is a red flag that Honduras is turning into a processing center,” said Honduran Security Minister Oscar Alvarez, who led the raid March 9 by some 200 agents to the hidden camp near remote coffee farms on Cerro Negro, a hill several hours to the west of this industrial city.

The site sits close to a river that flows into the Caribbean Sea. Alvarez said he thought that the drug group behind the laboratory was the Sinaloa Cartel, Mexico’s most powerful trafficking organization, which has deep ties in Colombia and a growing presence in Central America.

Honduran Police Burn Community to the Ground, 30 juli 2011

Surge in cocaine trafficking through Honduras, AlJazeeraEnglish, 14 aug. 2011

Honduras: Campesinos Murdered as Honduran-Canadian Trade Agreement Moves Forward, Friday, 19 August 2011 By Annie Bird (with Karen Spring). Upside Down World

On August 14, one campesino and five Dinant security guards were killed in the Panama farm. On August 15, five more people were massacred in a pick-up truck that left the Honduran National Agrarian Institute headquarters, where hundreds of campesino farmers currently live in temporary huts, after being illegally evicted from their homes and lands. The August 15th shooting occurred in front of a palm plantation controlled by the Dinant Corporation, and security guards had been seen at the location moments before the massacre.

These incidents are part of an on-going and growing wave of violence and State repression in the region stemming from historic land conflicts. The violence and repression appear to be related to militarization, the demand for palm oil and to drug trafficking activities that have increased markedly in the region since the June 28, 2009 military coup that ousted the elected government of President Zelaya – a coup that was backed directly and indirectly by the USA and Canada.

MILITARY, POLICE, MERCENARY AND DRUG TRAFFICKER ALLIED AGAINST CAMPESINOS

The Deadliest Place in the World for a Journalist, 9 okt 2011, duurt 25 minuten

Sunday, Oct 30, 2011 3:55 PM 11:22:40 GMT+0100
Honduras Becomes Western Hemisphere Cocaine Hub
By Mark Stevenson, Associated Press

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — On Honduras’ swampy Mosquitia coast, entire villages have made a way of life off the country’s massive cocaine transshipment trade. In broad daylight, men, women and children descend on passing go-fast boats to offload bales of cocaine destined for the United States.

Along the Atlantic coast, the wealthy elite have accumulated dozens of ranches, yachts and mansions from the drug trade.

And in San Pedro Sula, local gangs moving drugs north have spawned armies of street-level dealers whose violence has given the rougher neighborhoods of the northern industrial city a homicide rate that is only comparable to Kabul, Afghanistan.

Long an impoverished backwater in Central America, Honduras has become a main transit route for South American cocaine.

“Honduras is the number one offload point for traffickers to take cocaine through Mexico to the U.S.,” said a U.S. law enforcement official who could not be quoted by name for security reasons. A U.S. State Department report released in March called Honduras “one of the primary landing points for South American cocaine.”

Deze reeks, die begon met het artikel: Het ongeluk van Honduras, loopt niet goed af. Daarom tot slot nogmaals de quote uit Kleintje Muurkrant, omdat deze het verhaal goed samenvat:

Hondurashes to ashes (2) dinsdag 1 november 2011

Nee, het gaat prima in Honduras. Sinds die Zelaya in 2009 met steun van Obomba buiten de deur werd gezet is er in de linkse kerk al flink geruimd. Journalisten, vakbondleiders, leraren, weg ermee. Wie babbels heeft wordt gekeeld. Er vallen nu volgens officiële gegevens maandelijks al meer dooien dan in Kabul en omgeving. Ook boeren met een stukkie land lopen een goeie kans op een onvrijwillige toetreding tot het koor der engelen. Hun land komt vervolgens in handen van de grote jongens die het huidige marionettenregime van Porfirio Lobo Sosa een warm hart toedragen. Geen wonder, want die doet geen reet aan hun toenemende aandeel in de wereldwijde handel in snorkelwaar. Integendeel. Met hulp van hun doodseskaders annex transportmedewerkers is de toevoer van het witte goud in de VS inmiddels al voor de helft in Hondurese handen. Nog even en we hebben een tweede Mexico. En als we ons niet vergissen is dat ook de bedoeling van de USSA.

Zo heeft Obomba zijn zetbaas voor volgend jaar al 68 meloen dollar hulp toegezegd en 45 meloen uitgetrokken voor de uitbreiding van de Amerikaanse militaire aanwezigheid in het land. Inclusief de uitbouw van de vliegbasis in Palmarola, waar ook de befaamde drones zullen worden geïnstalleerd. En hij heeft 200 meloen uitgetrokken voor de war on drugs aka de bescherming van de meest betrouwbare drugslord en het uitroeien van diens concurrentie. Dit vooral om de prijsontwikkeling op de snorkelmarkt onder controle te kunnen houden en een beroep te kunnen doen op eerder genoemde lord als er in Washington onverhoopt weer een al te groot gat valt in de financiële sector. De bevolking? Die moet zijn bek houden. Wat een wereld.

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19 Reacties op “Honduras tot slot: drugs en de doodse stilte”

  • mrpettjo:

    Moest Zelaya wijken omdat hij de drugsdoorvoer vanuit Mexico naar de VS wilde aanpakken??
    http://www.telegraaf.nl/buitenland/11246805/__Honduras__moordrecord_nog_hoger__.html

  • mr. drs. Bou:

    Beste mrpettjo,

    Dank voor de link en Honduras is een bloedbad.

    Dat Zelaya moest wijken, komt door zijn socialistische programma: land voor de boeren, voedsel voor de bevolking, goed onderwijs, gezondheidszorg en dergelijke absurde eisen. Hij wilde de grote dictator Chavèz van Venezuela achterna! Dat kan natuurlijk niet getolereerd worden.

    Honduras is nu veilig in handen van de grote drugslords uit Mexico en Obomba lacht in zijn vuistje. Het witte goud stroomt de VS binnen, samen met het zwartgeld dat door de banken keurig wordt gewit. Want de economie moet wel blijven draaien, opdat de bonusboys kunnen blijven graaien.

    Ach, het is niet anders…

  • mr. drs. Bou:

    In een overvolle gevangenis van Honduras is brand uitgebroken. Meer dan 350 gevangenen vonden de dood.

    Raw Video: Honduras Prison Fire Kills Hundreds

  • mr. drs. Bou:

    Honduras Jail Fire Shows Post-Coup Impunity
    Geüpload door TheRealNews op 23 feb 2012

    Guards fired at prisoners trying to escape, part of a militarization of security that does not hold police, soldiers or generals accountable for crimes and human rights violations

  • mr. drs. Bou:

    U.S. Allies Call for Drug Legalisation

    by Chris Arsenault* – IPS/Al Jazeera

    DOHA, Qatar, Apr 13 (IPS) – The Summit of the Americas, normally a subdued tri-annual gathering of regional leaders, could be more interesting than usual this year, as right-wing governments are set to clash with their U.S. allies over the war on drugs.

    An increasingly large chorus of nations – ravaged by trafficking and violence – say it’s now time to re-think international drug policy. As the corrupting power of cartels grows across Mexico and Central America, and as the body count rises, legalisation needs to be seriously discussed as an alternative to militarisation, regional leaders say.

    It isn’t a message U.S. President Barack Obama wants to hear when he arrives in Cartagena, Colombia, to meet 33 heads of state on Apr. 14.

    “When the word legalisation is uttered, it raises a red flag for the (U.S.) administration,” Peter Reuter, a drug policy expert at the University of Maryland, told Al Jazeera.

    Legalisation, or decriminalisation, is often associated with liberal activists in North America – the pot smoking, hippy, free-love kind of crowd. Current calls, however, are coming from some of the region’s hardliners

  • mr. drs. Bou:

    Arbeiders Honduras bezetten land

    In Honduras hebben landarbeiders zo’n 12.000 hectare land bezet vanwege een ruzie met grootgrondbezitters en de overheid. De arbeiders eisen een gesprek met de regering.

    Volgens de activisten is de grond van de gemeenschap en mogen arme boeren daar gewassen verbouwen, maar de overheid zegt dat de grond verkocht is aan private partijen. Een hoge ambtenaar zegt dat de acties bedoeld zijn om de regering te destabiliseren.

    Het conflict over de landbouwgrond heeft de afgelopen jaren tot tientallen doden onder de landarbeiders geleid. Op het platteland wonen veel arme boeren.

    Organisatie Amerikaanse Staten: zware afgang voor VS

    De Organisatie van Amerikaanse Staten (OAS) hield een conferentie in de Colombiaanse stad Cartagena. Het werd over de hele lijn een afgang voor de VS. De Amerikaanse (en Europese) media hadden alleen oog voor een seksschandaal, kwestie van het niet over de inhoud te hebben.

    Former MI6 deputy joins calls to end “war on drugs”

    A former deputy head of MI6 has joined growing calls to end the West’s “war on drugs” and consider legalising narcotics.

  • mr. drs. Bou:

    Lees voor de details de serie Valse Vlag:

    Valse vlag (19)

    zondag 15 april 2012
    Komt een hoer bij een smurf. In Colombia. Ze had met een lid van de Amerikaanse secret service wat ritmische oefeningen uitgevoerd in hotel Caribe in Cartagena. Wat gebeurt er? Aan het eind van de rit was die boef wel klaargekomen, maar niet over de brug. En daarom wilde ze aangifte doen.
    Wat deed de smurf? Hij stelde een posse samen en trok vervolgens op naar hotel Caribe voor een diepgaand onderzoek. Toen bleek volgens de mainstreamberichten, dat ook vijf collega’s van de wanbetaler van bil waren gegaan, plus vijf Amerikaanse militairen. Maar die hadden wel netjes aan hun financiële verplichtingen voldaan.
    Normaliter worden dit soort zaken in der minne gewipt en zeker niet de mainstream ingeduwd…

    Valse vlag (20)

    Valse vlag (21)

  • mr. drs. Bou:

    US DEA Kills Innocent Civilians in Honduras — US Media Silent

    May 17, 2012 “Huffington Post” — According to the Honduran newspaper, Tiempo, as well as the Honduran human rights group, COFADEH, the agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), dressed in military uniforms, killed at least four and possibly six civilians in a raid which took place on Friday, May 11. The victims included two pregnant women and two children. The newspaper Tiempo did not pull any punches, writing that those killed “were humble and honest citizens.” Apparently, the DEA agents fired from helicopter gunships upon a boat carrying civilians on the Patuca back to their community of Ahuas which itself is located in the Mosquito coast of Honduras. According to Tiempo, the DEA mistakenly fired upon the civilian boat because it was well-lit while the intended target — a boat carrying drug traffickers — was floating down the river without its lights on.

  • mr. drs. Bou:

    ‘I quit to prevent bloodbath’ – ousted Paraguay president

    In an exclusive interview with RT Paraguayan ex-President Fernando Lugo says he was forced not to resist his impeachment by a threat of massive violence which may otherwise have been rocked the country. Lugo was ousted from power in what neighbors called an institutionalized coup.

    Escobar: Democraship exported from S.America to Mideast

    Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar talks to RT. He believes impeachment was orchestrated from outside Paraguay for economic interests.

  • mr. drs. Bou:

    The Resource War Behind Paraguay’s Crisis
    A Coup Over Land

    By Benjamin Dangl

    July 17, 2012 “Information Clearing House” —

    Each bullet hole on the downtown Asunción, Paraguay light posts tells a story. Some of them are from civil wars decades ago, some from successful and unsuccessful coups, others from police crackdowns. The size of the hole, the angle of the ricochet, all tell of an escape, a death, another dictator in the palace by the river.

    On June 22 of this year, a new tyrant entered the government palace. The right-wing Federico Franco became president in what has been deemed a parliamentary coup against democratically-elected, left-leaning President Fernando Lugo.

    What lies behind today’s headlines, political fights and struggles for justice in Paraguay is a conflict over access to land; land is power and money for the elites, survival and dignity for the poor, and has been at the center of major political and social battles in Paraguay for decades. In order to understand the crisis in post-coup Paraguay, it’s necessary to grasp the political weight of the nation’s soil. Here, a look at the history of Paraguay’s resource war for land, the events leading up to the coup, and the story of one farming community’s resistance places land at the heart of nation’s current crisis.

    Wie wil dit vertalen?

    The issue that finally tipped the scales toward the June 22 Parliamentary coup against Lugo was a conflict over land. In April of this year, 60 landless campesinos occupied land in Curuguaty, in northeastern Paraguay. This land is owned by former Colorado Senator Blas N. Riquelme, one of the richest people and largest landowners in the country. In 1969, the Stroessner administration illegally gave Riquelme 50,000 hectares of land that was supposed to be destined to poor farmers as a part of land reform. Since the return to democracy in 1989, campesinos have been struggling to gain access
    to this land. The April occupation of land was one such attempt. On June 15, security forces arrived in Curuguaty to evict the landless settlement. The subsequent confrontation during the eviction (the specific details of which are still shrouded in confusion) led to the death of 17 people, including 11 campesinos and 6 police officers. Eighty people were wounded.

    While certainly the bloodiest confrontation of this kind since the dictatorship, it was but one of dozens of such conflicts that had taken place in recent years in a nation with enormous inequality in land distribution. The right’s response to such conflicts typically involved siding with the land owners and business leaders, and criminalizing campesino activists. With the tragedy of Curuguaty, the right saw yet another opportunity to move against Lugo.

    The right blamed Lugo for the bloody events at Curuguaty, an accusation which was unfounded, but served as fodder for the ongoing political attacks against the president. In response to critics, Lugo replaced his Interior Minister with Colorado Party member Candia Amarilla, a former State Prosecutor known for his criminalization of leftist social and campesino groups, and who was trained in Colombia to export Plan Colombia-style policies to Paraguay. Lugo also made the Police Commissioner Moran Arnaldo Sanabria (who was in charge of the Curuguaty operation) the National Director of Police.

    In this way, Lugo handed over the state’s main security and repressive powers to the Colorado Party. The move was an an effort to avoid impeachment from the right, but it backfired; the Liberal Party opposed Lugo’s replacements and, empowered by the criticisms leveled against Lugo’s handling of Curuguaty, collaborated with the Colorado Party and other right wing parties in Congress to move forward with the impeachment.

    The process began on June 21, and within 24 hours the Senate gathered and officially initiated the trial, granting Lugo only two hours to defend himself. The next day, Lugo was removed from office in a 39-4 vote. He was accused of encouraging landless farmers’ occupations, poor performance as president, and failing to bring about social harmony in the country. Lugo stepped down and Vice President and Liberal Party leader Federico Franco took his place. New elections are now scheduled to take place in April of 2013.

    This Parliamentary coup was condemned as undemocratic and illegal by many Latin American leaders who refused to recognize Franco as the legitimate president. In response to the coup, Latin American trade and political blocs such as Unasur and Mercosur have suspended Paraguay’s participation in their organizations until next year’s elections. Unsurprisingly, the Organization of American States decided to not suspend Paraguay’s membership in the group because, according to OAS secretary general Jose Miguel Insulza, doing so would create further problems in the country and isolate it regionally. This is the second such coup in the region in recent years; in June 2009, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya was ousted under similar circumstances.

    Bij voorbaat mijn dank.

  • mr. drs. Bou:

    The Attempted U.S. Siege of Bolivia

    By Patricio Montesinos

    July 20, 2012 “Information Clearing House” —

    THE exacerbation of internal social disputes, tense relations between the governments of Santiago de Chile and La Paz in the context of their maritime disagreement, and press revelations as to U.S. bases possibly being installed on the Paraguayan border with Bolivia are all evidence of a clear Washington plan to besiege this nation.

    Recent events related to Bolivia demonstrate that the U.S. government is plotting the overthrow of President Evo Morales, with the aim of derailing the process of integration underway in Latin America, which is contrary to the empire’s hegemonic interests, in the wake of the recent coup d’état against Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo.

    The United States believes that Bolivia could now be the weakest link in the chain currently linking a significant group of countries immersed in revolutionary processes and the defense of the sovereignty and independence, and in which nobody wants a repeat of Washington’s former domination in the region.

    Political analysts are saying that in this new perverse plot, the U.S. government has the backing of the right-wing government in Chile, which has adopted a harder position against its neighbor Bolivia, and the Paraguayan pro-Federico Franco coup organizers financed by the Pentagon and U.S. secret services.

    Press reports a few days ago revealed that an ultra-right deputy implicated in Lugo’s overthrow negotiated the installation of U.S. military bases on the Paraguayan-Bolivian border with the Barack Obama administration.

  • Boudine:

    Garifuna People Are Risking Everything to Flee Their Ancestral Honduran Homelands

    Over the past year, US government agencies have been overwhelmed by the recent influx of migrants from Central America, many of whom travel on top of a train known as “La Bestia” [The Beast]. Migrants jump the dangerous freight train, often embarking on a grueling 1,500-mile journey from the Mexico-Guatemala border to the US. The trip is marked by extortion, violence, and sexual assault. Human traffickers who control the route charge an impuesto de guerra [a war tax] to ride the train. Migrants who fail to pay are shot or thrown from La Bestia’s roof.

    In May, Bernárdez left Travesía to hitch a ride on the train. Unable to find steady work in Honduras, he was seeking to return to the US, where he had lived and worked for seven years before being deported in 2005.

  • Boudine:

    Murder and Migration in Honduras: Immigrant America

  • Boudine:

    Honduras: ‘They have silenced us completely’
    Human rights activists, journalists and LGBT citizens are regularly targeted by right-wing killers

  • Boudine:

    Clinton Continued Funding For Honduras Coup Regime

    By Bill Conroy

    July 10, 2015 “Information Clearing House” – “Narco News” – Clinton Asked Lanny Davis, Longtime Clinton Operative and Lobbyist for Pro-Coup Honduran Businesses, to Arrange Phone Meeting with Coup Dictator

    Buried in the latest trove of Hillary Clinton emails made public last week are some missives that shed new light on the former Secretary of State’s role in seemingly undermining President Barack Obama’s policy in dealing with the 2009 coup d’état in Honduras.

    The official emails recently made public by the State Department —more than 3,000 pages worth — were sent or received primarily in 2009 through Clinton’s private email account — via an email server set up outside the government’s system and used to conduct official business.

    One email exchange discovered in the recently released batch of State Department communications reveals that Clinton personally signed off on continuing the flow of US funds to the putsch regime in Honduras in the fall of 2009 — even as the White House was telling the world that such aid had been suspended.

  • Boudine:

    The Honduran Coup’s Ugly Aftermath

    As Secretary of State in 2009, Hillary Clinton helped a right-wing coup in Honduras remove an elected left-of-center president, setting back the cause of democracy and enabling corrupt and drug-tainted forces to tighten their grip on the poverty-stricken country.

    By Jonathan Marshall

  • mr.drs.Bou:

    Honduras: Public Health System at Risk to be Privatized

  • mr.drs.Bou:

    DEA misled Congress about deadly 2012 attacks in Honduras

    Gepubliceerd op 31 mei 2017

    An investigation has found that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration repeatedly lied to Congress about a series of fatal incidents in Honduras in 2012, including the shooting of four civilians in the central American country.

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