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Election process press coverage from yesterday (in Spanish)

(sent by Andrés Tomás Conteris)
Monitoreo de Prensa - Viernes 22 de Noviembre del 2013
Proceso Electoral en Honduras
Agencias de Cooperación Internacional ACI

El fraude viene y nadie lo detiene

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?

Two Reports on Political Killings in Honduras

  1. 229 Politically Related Murders in Honduras Under President "Pepe" Lobo
    By Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN)
    Gary Cozette, gcozette@crln.org

    Introduction

Honduras Solidarity Network Election Observation & Human Rights Monitoring Program links

For the best & most complete info on election observation over the coming days keep focused on:

  1. Website: http://www.hondurassolidarity.org
  2. Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/hsnelectionwatch
  3. Twitter: http://twitter.com/hsnelection
  4. Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz5yEwgyCWgMIKp632-ujcw
  5. Email: hsnwatch@hushmail.com

URGENT: International election observers intimidated and harassed by migration officers

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.

Interviews Available: Honduras Elections Amid "Intensified State Terror"

This press release went out today through the Institute for Public Accuracy:

Friday, November 22, 2013
Honduras Elections Amid "Intensified State Terror"
Interviews Available

MARK WEISBROT, via Dan Beeton, beeton at cepr.net

Chain text message

This text message is getting sent around Honduran cell phones (as it looks on my cheap dumbphone):

Yo no
acostumbro
enviar
cadenas, pero
ésta de verdad
si funciona...
es
increible...¡¡¡Env
ia... "JUAN
ORLANDO TE
AMA" a 10
personas...y
veras que por
lo menos 9 te
MANDAN A LA
MIERDA. Es
sorprendente...
¡ Ni siquiera
tienes que
tener fe, Si no
lo reenvia
tendra 4 años
de dictadura.

Why vote for Romeo Vásquez Velásquez?

Why, indeed, should Hondurans vote for the SOA-trained general who carried out a coup that brought so much bloodshed and violence to their country and enjoys full impunity for his crimes thanks to the U.S.-funded whitewashing Truth and Reconciliation Committee and Pepe Lobo adminstration? Let us list the reasons, as articulated in a handbill being passed out yesterday on Tegucigalpa's peatonal:

The front (above) reads

GeneralⓇ [huh?]
Romeo
Vásquez Velásquez
President

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