Media Island's Caitlin Roberts was part of this delegation and will be reporting about it soon!
On June 26th, Honduras Security Forces and private paramilitaries violently evicted 150 families from the town of Rigores (Trujillo municipality, Colon Department, in the Aguan Valley). The armed men burned down homes, businesses, the school and town church, leaving the residents sleeping on the streets or in the community center.
Today, July 1st, when word came that the security forces along with paramilitaries were returning to Rigores with supposedly a new eviction order, a delegation of 23 US American activists, led by the Alliance for Global Justice, decided to enter and accompany the residents. The armed forces arrived, apparently raising their guns at the delegates (according to Annie Bird) and threatening to evict the townspeople from the vicinity.
The officers who seem to be in charge are LEONEL RAMOS (of the National Office of Criminal Investigation, DNIC) and JORGE MARTINEZ (the police commissioner from the town of Toccoa. COFADEH has been contacted and is awaiting response from Minister of Security Oscar Alvarez's office. All calls to the US Embassy's emergency line has been met with a series of answering machines.
Karen (contact info: 011 504-9507-3835) asked that the following groups be contacted to stop the current attacks on the town of Rigores, and in general, to end the evictions of campesinos from the Aguan Valley by private militias and state security forces:
1. Toccoa Police Department - where the police have come from. 011 504-2444-3105
2. Office of the Honduran Minister of Security, Oscar Alvarez.
Minister of Security
Dr. Oscar Alvarez
Ministro de Seguridad
Ministerio de Seguridad Pública
Edificio Poujol, 4o piso
Col. Palmira (Blvd. Morazán)
TeleFax: +504 220 4479
3. US State Department
Honduras Desk: (202) 647-3482
Thanks, and please forward.
Nico, SOA Watch