to the campaign of terror and selective killings
National Popular Resistance Front!
March 23, three hooded men murdered
José Manuel Flores Arguijo,
a leader of the teachers' union and active member of the National
Popular Resistance Front
gunning him down as he was teaching a
class at the San José del Pedregal Institute in Tegucigalpa.
murder is part of a campaign of terror that is being perpetrated by the
repressive forces of the Honduran state since the civilian-military coup of June
28, 2009, a campaign that has already claimed at least fifty victims among
members of the Resistance and
is trampling the human rights of thousands of Hondurans.
Once again the
teachers' union and the organized resistance are lamenting the death of one of
their own and denouncing the repressive wave unleashed against members of the Resistance.
José Manuel Flores Arguijo,
a secondary school teacher who worked and served on the board of the San José
del Pedregal Institute and was a union leader with the Honduran Secondary
Teachers' Association (COPEMH), was
shot several times on the back by hooded men, who, according to the
initial reconstruction of the crime, are thought to have entered the school
through the roof.
leaders of the teachers' union, this new murder is part of a campaign of
selective killings that is targeting high- and mid-ranking labor and popular
organization leaders who are participating in FNRP actions, and in
particular members of the Honduran teachers' union.
"The murder of
José Manuel Flores is
not an isolated incident, but part of a real strategy implemented by the coup
perpetrators," Eulogio Chávez, COPEMH
president, told SIREL.
seen a resurgence of the infamous 'Batallón 3-16,' a military squad that
murdered and disappeared leaders from teachers', labor and peasant organizations
in the 1980s. Now they are deploying the same strategy and using the same
methods to spread terror among the resisting population."
Chávez, five teachers have been murdered since June 28, four of whom were
members of COPEMH.
Manuel Flores Arguijo
participated actively in Resistance actions
and repeatedly denounced the rampant corruption in the Ministry of Education,"
"We are in a
critical situation and are highly concerned. Neither the Police nor the
Prosecutor's Office are doing anything to find the people responsible for these
murders and for the human rights abuses committed against Hondurans," he said.
called on the
people of Honduras to march on
Thursday, March 25, to denounce this new murder, support the protests of the
National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) workers, who are
demanding the renewal of their Collective Agreement and salary raises, and back
the peasant organization of the United Peasants Movement of Aguán (MUCA),
who are fighting to recover the lands that were unjustly seized by large
landowners who supported the coup.
government and its repressive forces want to persecute and murder us. They want
to spread terror so the people will stop participating in the actions of the
Resistance. But they won't get away with it, as with each passing day more
and more people are becoming aware and rebelling against repression," Chávez