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Thousands hold demonstrations against journalist killings in Honduras

People protest violence against members of the media with signs that read in Spanish "United for peace and freedom," left, and "Stop corruption" in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, May 25, 2012.
People protest violence against members of the media with signs that read in Spanish “United for peace and freedom,” left, and “Stop corruption” in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Friday, May 25, 2012.
Press TV – May 26, 2012

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of many cities across Honduras to protest the killings of journalists in the Central American republic.
The demonstrators, who were chanting “Killing journalists does not kill the truth,” marched past the offices of the president and the human rights commission in the capital Tegucigalpa on Friday, AFP reported.

According to organizers, some 5,000 people attended the demonstration in Tegucigalpa, but protests were also staged in San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, Comayagua and Choluteca.

“No more impunity,” said one sign held by an activist. Another sign read, “United for peace and freedom.”

Since President Manuel Zelaya was toppled on June 28, 2009 in a military coup twenty journalists have been killed in Honduras.

Last week, the body of 47-year-old HRN Radio journalist Alfredo Villatoro Rivera was found blindfolded and with gunshot wounds to his head, a police spokesman said.

A week before Rivera had been kidnapped.

Honduras has been plagued by political turmoil following the 2009 military coup. Military rule, corruption, an enormous wealth gap, crime and natural disasters have turned Honduras into one of the poorest and least secure countries in Central America.

May 25, 2012 - Posted by | Civil Liberties, Full Spectrum Dominance, Solidarity and Activism | , , , ,

1 Comment

  1. Re: Alberto Castillo Hyde

    June 19, 2012

    Dear President Lobo:

    I write to you today with high expectations, that you will receive my concerns, evidence, and position in a positive and productive manner. My company was the victim of a $1.5 Million theft by Ex-Pro Bono diplomat, Alberto Castillo Hyde, not the $450,000 and $300,000 repeatedly reported in the Spanish media.

    On April 18  2012,  I met with the legal department at the Honduras Embassy in Washington D.C.  The purpose of my visit was two fold.

    Firstly, to enlighten your embassy on a matter that evolved around  Ex-Pro Bono  diplomat Albert Castillo Hyde. All of the many reports in the media, indicated questionable &  ludicrous explanations of the truth, concerning the origin and intent of Albert Castillo Hyde, and the two unreported incidents attempting to smuggle $300,000 undeclared into  Benito Juarez airport in Mexico City on January 17, 2011.  During the month of June 2011,  he was arrested again at the Tocumen airport  in Panama city for carrying $450,000 cash undeclared in a suitcase.  Each time the Ex diplomat was arrested and released.  I produced several evidential documents with your embassy’s legal department, which they retained during my April 18th meeting.  It is on record that Law enforcement authorities in Panama, Mexico, and Honduras, as well as the media, professed their desire to investigate and receive tips, accurate facts,  and assistance concerning the obvious “Maletinazo”.  I stand ready, willing, and able to produce 100% indisputable evidence to support my allegations of the entire criminal matter.

    Secondly, I seek your government’s assistance, in the return of the $1.5 Million dollars stolen from my company by Ex-Pro Bono diplomat Alberto Castillo Hyde. I respectfully direct this communication to your attention, in the spirit of justice, and the expectation of the rule of law prevailing. In addition, your government should seize the opportunity to display to  your people and the world, that your administration  intends to restore honest democratic principals and unhindered justice, regardless of possible consequences and embarrassment.

    My Dear Excellency, I was unable to convince your embassy in Washington D.C.,  to take suitable steps that would solve the so called Alberto Castillo Hyde  mystery. Likewise, the Panamanian, and Mexican embassies also decided to distance themselves from the egregious & brazen theft by the Ex Pro Bono Honduran diplomat, that also violated serious laws in the stated countries.

    I believe even Alberto Castillo Hyde could benefit from your intervention,  by establishing him as a common white collar criminal,  rather than a drug dealer, murderer, and money launderer, or is he that also?

    Thanking you in advance for your anticipated government’s intervention, as you can be certain, I will not go away anytime soon or in the future for that matter, until justice is served.

       Sincerely,
     
      Robert Shulman
      Managing Partner
      Sentenial Investment Group, Llc
      sentinelgroup.rs@gmail.com

    Comment by Robert Shulman | June 21, 2012


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