Brittany Peterson from Voice of Russia interviewed me a couple days ago. It's available HERE
Okay, that's really the wrong question. But LIBRE has a clever plan to document fraud at least. I, like my taxi driver on the way to an interview last night, am worried about JOH's plans for today—there are so many possible ways to mar the election (see http://hondurasculturepolitics.blogspot.com/ for frightening details on the technological option, and for everything else). My driver also gave a better explanation of symbolic violence than I have ever heard, and I wish I had been less tired and had had a recording device.
From Suyapa Portillo
November 23, 2013
Today around 10:30-11am in Hotel Suites Aurora in Tegucigalpa 5 men and 1 woman armed civilians dressed men with ski masks offered no identification, another 3 were wearing Immigration t-shirts, who went to reception. and they asked for passports for the people in the lobby who were here, as well as asked for all International Observers to come to the lobby, asked them questions and looked through their passports and took personal records. They took 2 passports from Brazilian international observers without explaining why. When they asked why, they say “because yes we can”. They explained they were tourists and still they took passports without credible cause.
Jesse Freeston: Violence and political repression by western-backed Honduran military raises questions if Sunday's presidential election will be open and fair
(sent by Andrés Tomás Conteris)
Monitoreo de Prensa - Viernes 22 de Noviembre del 2013
Proceso Electoral en Honduras
Agencias de Cooperación Internacional ACI
The above title "Fraud is coming and no one can stop it" comes from a text message sent by a friend yesterday, who added that he said so with great sadness. It's a sentiment I've heard expressed in private many times over the past few days. The public message from all sides is for Hondurans to not be afraid, to go out and vote in massive numbers on Sunday, though LIBRE is specifically calling for voters to vote early in anticipation of "irregularities" (a euphemism everyone understands here to mean things much more dangerous than it sounds).
What has been going on in the past day?
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From Karen Spring of Rights Action, see http://www.hondurassolidarity.org/ for this post and other updates:
This morning, Honduran officers from Migración y Extranjería arrived at the installations where HSN Northern delegations are staying and training in El Progreso, requesting that they speak to the HSN group. Since the group was in San Pedro Sula participating in a press conference, the Officers checked the IDs and documents of the Hondurans that work with ERIC that were present.