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HONDURAS DELEGATION DAY FOUR

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We’re back at the hotel after a very long day of meetings. We met today with students and youth and the international committee of the National Resistance Front. We also had the opportunity to connect with a delegation that is here from Los Angeles, and discussed coordinating future efforts. While some of us were busy sending out the emergency email this morning, others were able to get into the U.S. embassy and meet with a representative to present our evidence and demands.

The police and military have resumed their repressive tactics against protesters. People returning to the bottler’s union today from the demonstrations showed us the injuries they had sustained at the hands of these forces—one man with a large bruise across his upper arm, IMG_0752where he had been hit with a baton; another who suffered an allergic reaction from the gas, with a rash all over his back. A member of our delegation was shown dozens of tear gas canisters and rubber bullets that one protester had collected just that day.

Meeting with the youth and students, we learned that there was a kidnapping attempt on a leader of one of the student organizations today. The kidnapper attempted to drag the young woman into a car; with the help of a friend she was able to escape but fractured her hand in the process.

We have not heard any further reports about shooting at the Brazilian embassy, or of any injuries. On an exciting note, members of our delegation were able to speak by phone to Xiomara Zelaya, spouse of President Manuel Zelaya who is also seeking refuge at the Brazilian embassy.

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Things remain tense; however the movement remains strong, organized and dedicated. In fact, as the repression intensifies, it even seems that the movement becomes more sophisticated and organized. Students and workers are all talking about how to take the struggle forward. Everybody talks about how class consciousness has been raised since the day Zelaya was kidnapped—a qualitative shift in the minds of the people. Something big is happening in Honduras.

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