|Protests for #JusticeForBertaCaceres in Congressional offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC|
On Monday, April 18, the final day of SOA Watch's Spring Days of Action, human rights activists disrupted the Congressional offices of three U.S. House Representatives who enthusiastically supported the 2009 military coup in Honduras (Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, from Florida; Dana Rohrabacher, from California) and who continue to fund death squads and human rights abuses (latter two offices and Kay Granger, from Texas). As grassroots activists from across the United States called Congress to register their opposition to the American policy towards the Central American country, and others protested outside of the Congressional office buildings, SOA Watch activists took over the three Congressional offices.
Those in the U.S. government (including Hilary Clinton), who are responsible for the militarized U.S. policy in Honduras, need to be held accountable. Rep. Kay Granger (chair of important committees that fund the Drug War in Latin America) wants to deport Honduran children yet continues to arm the criminal Honduran regime they are fleeing; Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has been one of the most aggressive proponents for the coup regime in Honduras; Representative Dana Rohrbacher not only denied that a coup had even taken place, but sent a letter of support to the coup President of Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, a man who had been implicated in corruption and narco-trafficking. Feel free to follow up with their offices. You can get connected via the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
Watch a video clip of the protest inside the Congressional office of Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX), a lackey of the arms industry, her office is covered in proof of where her allegiances lie: https://www.facebook.com/Schooloftheamericaswatch/videos/10153851849616130/ (please share the video with your friends on facebook, twitter etc.)
Photos from the protest outside of the Congressional office buildings: https://photobyted.smugmug.com/SOAW/Justice-for-Berta-Cáceres/n-hkvd6M/i-qZ8K5sK/A
Please stay tuned for an update from Honduras from SOA Watch's Latin America Liaison Brigitte Gynther, who currently accompanies COPINH at this difficult time.
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