(Revised) HONDURAS: Is It “Clockwork Orange” Time? Videos of State Repression That Will Make You Say “Yes”
“A Clockwork Orange,” a film by Stanley Kubrick, is set in the future (probably right about now since the film was made in 1971) where capitalism has produced a whole new breed of depraved people and all that’s left are criminals and criminal cops to duke it out. A charming, but violent psycopath, Alex, played by Malcolm McDowell, is hauled in by security forces for a little re-education. This consists of being strapped into a chair and having metal prongs applied to his eyelids so that he is unable to close them. He is then forced to watch hours upon hours of videos featuring every kind of violent act imaginable until he is so repulsed that he rejects violence altogether.
The following videos show repression of protesters by the Honduran police and military. I could build a long list of people in Honduras and Washington who should be forced to watch these. The question is, are these people repulsed by anything? Come to think of it, Alex, after a few years of re-education became “unrepulsed” and announced this transformation to doctors and friends as “I’m cured!”
Before the videos though, an excerpt from a very revealing interview that Honduras Resists did with Salvador Zuniga, COPINH, about the Honduran military and violence:
There are many soldiers falling sick and also they are unpaid for the month of June and they are denied weekend leave.
The psychological operation they are running includes a dose of pills that they give to the soldiers. That pill makes their eyes go red and increases their aggression and they take a powder that they use at the military posts, a powder that is a bit like the powder used in a tear gas round and they apply it to the troops and it makes them weep. Then they put them doing exercises and manoeuvres. But they are not eating well and that pill they give the troops quells hunger pangs.
Plenty of the kids in the army want out, they are in a war situation against an enemy that is the ordinary people. It makes no sense to wage war against unarmed civilians against whom they are ordered to open fire.
At that football stadium, when Ramon Custodio Lopez said they were rubber bullets, those were live rounds, 5.56 from an M-16. So the situation of the military is an abuse of their own human rights, because keeping them drugged up all the time so as not to have to feed them – that’s something really serious
And yesterday Billy Joya came to the area to do an appraisal of the operational situation and to prepare more repressive operations against the population. A soldier even raised a pistol to Xiomara (the President’s wife) when she was at one of the roadblocks. Things that are quite incredible.”
This video covers an incident that Salvador Zuniga referenced in the interview above concerning a futbol match in Tegucigalpa in mid-July. The match had just concluded and fans were exiting the stadium. One police officer, in an apparent trance-like state, indiscriminately and not so indiscriminately, fires into a crowd of futbol fans wounding one that we can see. His shoot-a-thon ends when another police officer wrests the gun from him, no doubt because a camera was rolling.
Afterwards,the police supplied the media with the propaganda that the shooting was the result of a brawl between the fans of the two teams. But, the evidence, here on video, shows nothing short of state terrorism.
The following two videos were shot in Tegucigalpa and Choloma respectively during the National Front mobilization this past week.
On Thursday, August 13, at the end of a peaceful march, the golpistas’ police and military detained more than 25 people, some of whom were seriously hurt and maltreated. The detainees were transferred to different police posts by various “special” police forces. The detainees did not commit any crimes and the authorities have no proof of their culpability.
On August 14, during intense police repression in Choloma, a photographer for El Tiempo is arrested for simply doing his job.