The US militarization of Honduras, with five bases and operations centers in addition to Palmerola (strategic for the IV Fleet), the recent massacre of members of the Miskito community in the Patuca River, to facilitate the occupation of the area and the imposition of the corridor Mesoamerican agrofuels, the invasion of the United States agencies in the continent and the militarization of the region on the rise, among other indicators, show us that it is time to say enough to crime and stop the low intensity war, the silent invasion of the foundations of imperial power and the militarization that attempts a regional recolonization in the XXI century.
The recent massacre of members of the Miskito community in the Patuca River, in Honduras, on May 11 when two helicopters from the United States anti-drug agency (DEA) fired on a canoe in which the peasants killing two pregnant women, two men and seriously wounding four others, evidences not only the continuity of state terrorism imposed by the June 2009 military coup against President Manuel Zelaya, but also the tragic US military occupation in that country .
Behind this attack that is “being investigated” in Washington - according to reports - not only is the US militarization of Honduras, with five bases and operations centers in addition to Palmerola (strategic for the IV Fleet), but it is also an attack Directly against the Miskitos, to facilitate the occupation of the area and the imposition of the Mesoamerican biofuel corridor.
The daily murders of peasants, union and political leaders, teachers, students and journalists - in this case there are 25 murdered since the beginning of 2010 - allow us to verify that the current government of Porfirio Lobo, emerged from elections called and fingered by the military coup leaders in June of 2009, it is only a continuity of that dictatorship. The murders committed by the occupation forces in this country are daily and show that this is the United States' project-script for Latin America, if we let them advance. The crime rate reaches 86.5 per 100,000 inhabitants. An estimated 700 homicides per month and about 20 victims a day. 55 percent of the homicides occurred in the northern part of the country (Atlántida, Cortés and Francisco Morazán). 84.6 percent with firearms, and almost 28 percent of the murders involved hitmen.
It is known that there are Israeli advisers, paramilitaries and Colombian hitmen, after an agreement between the coup plotters with the former president of Colombia Alvaro Uribe, as well as former Argentine military personnel and the Uno América Foundation, who actively participated in the coup. Hundreds of people have been arrested and tortured. But by not being able to bend the resistance and by understanding that they have no chance of winning in new elections, the repression increases every day. We cannot leave the Honduran people alone. It is our duty to speak in solidarity with the energetic denunciations made by the popular organizations of Honduras, denunciations that the mainstream press systematically silences.
The most serious thing in the case of the Miskitos was the attempt to justify those murders by the Director of the National Police, Ricardo Ramírez Cid, who said that "there was an exchange of shots at the scene." Even when it was observed that the victims were unarmed and the survivors hospitalized in La Ceiba reported that they were fired at close range with machine guns and grenades. The same happens with the crimes and threats against the peasants of Aguán. The Miskito people are one of the hardest hit by the tragedy of the occupation of that Central American country, as well as by police and military corruption on the issue of drug trafficking, in addition to the prevailing feudalism in that area of the country, plunged into enormous poverty. There are more than 1,700 disabled and dozens dead in the Miskito community.
The New York Times newspaper in its edition of May 5 leads an article stating that the "United States Army, using lessons from the conflict of the past decade (Iraq) in the war that is being fought in the Miskito jungle, has built a camp (operational center) with little public notoriety but with support from the Honduran government. " The aforementioned article recognizes the installation of three "forward operating bases" located in Mocorón, Puerto Castilla and El Aguacate ".
The Southern Command of the Pentagon is sponsoring throughout Central America what they call “failed states” to justify interventions in the name of national security, the old scheme with which they sowed dictatorships throughout the continent in the 20th century. The "security agreements" that the United States has been establishing with the countries of the region point in this direction.
Added to the situation in Honduras, which is getting worse every day, adding thousands of deaths, is the Mexican tragedy, over which a complicit silence extends. Since Mexico signed the Merida Plan with the United States in 2006 (a replica of Plan Colombia) and Washington sent arms and advisers for an alleged war against drug trafficking, more than 55,000 people have been abducted and murdered in atrocious way, sowing terror in the north of that country. There are about ten thousand missing. The Armed Forces are directly involved in the conflict and no one is unaware at this stage of the events that most of these deaths have nothing to do with drug trafficking and that the United States handed over weapons to paramilitary groups such as the Zetas, as has been discovered by investigating the Operation Castaway (Operation Castaway) or Fast and Furious.
Supposedly, it was a covert operation of the DEA to deliver weapons and "learn" the ways of smuggling. But those weapons ended up at the hands of the Mexican paramilitaries, who train in torture with the civilian population, and with immigrants who go to the United States and are killed and torn to pieces, as has been seen in the appearance of corpses in different places.
Mexico has been turned into a failed, and chaotic state that according to Republican politicians now threatens "the security of the United States", and therefore could be subject to an intervention, especially if in the next elections its "elected" as rulers do not win. . The US weapons also went to the "gangs" created in that country and then sent to their countries of origin, both El Salvador and Honduras and Guatemala, in order to maintain crime and chaos.
Honduras under covert State terrorism and Guatemala, where the femicide and violence of the old counterinsurgent militarism and paramilitarism is enhanced with the arrival to the presidency of an officer of the "Kaibiles" the most brutal special force of all time, prepared in the United States. United and the author of crimes against humanity and the disappearance of entire villages, whose inhabitants were eliminated.
These make up the figure of more than 90 thousand disappeared during the Guatemalan military dictatorships, the highest in Latin America, also considering the population of just over ten million inhabitants.
This is part of the Central American reality, to which is added the right-wing government of Panama, which has already produced indigenous killings, persecution of workers and signed with the United States the installation of twelve military bases and operational centers surrounding the entire country, which had managed to break free from Southern Command in late 1999.
The unlimited tragedy in Central America continues with the virtual occupation of Colombia with at least eight foreign military bases and a state terrorism covered up for years and now in a so-called "Security Democracy", where military and paramilitary killings continue every day. day and any peace process that means producing a real change in that country is prevented. Colombia is the country in Latin America that, together with Guatemala, has the highest number of deaths and disappearances on the continent throughout the 20th century and so far into the 21st.
Faced with this reality, in addition to the free trade agreements signed with various governments in the region, the invasion of United States agencies in the continent and the militarization of the region on the rise, with the social and political consequences that we are experiencing. Seeing, the Movement for Peace, Sovereignty and Solidarity among Peoples (Mopassol), calls on popular organizations to extend their solidarity and carry out acts and demands to stop the massacre of brother peoples and denounce the serious dangers of a deepening of the foreign intervention, which would inevitably spread throughout the continent.
It is time to say enough to crime and stop the low intensity war, the silent invasion of the foundations of imperial power and the militarization that attempts a regional recolonization in the 21st century.
Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 23, 2012
URGENT CALL FROM MOPASSOL - Movement for Peace, Sovereignty and Solidarity among Peoples - www.mopassol.com.ar