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Cuba Medical School Students Visiting Honduras Attacked by Golpista Forces

August 14, 2009


Havana. August 14, 2009

Honduran coup forces attack ELAM students

HONDURAN coup forces have attacked students from the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) who are visiting the country and who were giving medical attention to injured demonstrators.

In a telephone interview from Mexico, Silvia Ayala, a parliamentary deputy from the Democratic Unification Party (UD), said the young people were beaten and taken to a station after attending to victims of police repression in San Pedro Sula.

Some of the students had various injuries and bruises, Ayala said. The parliamentarian is leading the peaceful resistance movement in Honduras’s second-largest city.

The events reflect the worsening situation in that Central American country, where the de facto regime declared a state of emergency resulting from intense demonstrations demanding the return of the rule of law, which have been taking place for 47 days,.

Meanwhile, social tension is continuing to rise in Honduras in the wake of military repression and the prolongation of the crisis unleashed by the coup d’état, with no negotiated solution in sight, Prensa Latina reports.

Yesterday, August 13, the armed forces and the police began a vast operation to disperse and detain opponents of the regime who are participating in marches to demand the return of constitutional order and of President Manuel Zelaya.

The National Front against the Coup D’Etat has issued several press releases denouncing the brutality of the military and police actions, including abuse, torture and beatings of those arrested. (SE)

Translated by Granma International


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