Honduras: Fleeing citizens; U.S. supports and arms Pres. Juan Orlando Hernandez’ regime

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In July, 2017, the Honduran government posted a photo of a newly formed battalion of Honduran military police officers. They all carry weapons identified as U.S.-made M4 rifles by independent experts.
Honduran government website (posted by Miami Herald)
From School of Americas Watch
January 31, 2019
Sunday, January 27th marked one year since US-backed Juan Orlando Hernandez was installed for a second term as president of Honduras, in the midst of massive demonstrations against widely-recognized election fraud. It was the United States that first recognized Hernandez and ensured he remained in the presidency.
Miami Herald expose found that US-made M-4 weapons were used by the Military Police to kill 19-year old Kimberly Dayana Fonseca during last year’s demonstrations. Between 2015 and 2017, the State Department authorized companies to export over 10,000 firearms to the Honduran government. Over 35 demonstrators and bystanders were killed during the pro-democracy demonstrations. Dozens more were arrested and jailed; several demonstrators, including Edwin Espinal and Raul Alvarez, have now been imprisoned in inhumane conditions for over a year. Edwin and Raul are in a military-run maximum security prison where their health is deteriorating and they have lost over 40 pounds each.

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