The US claims that it provides training for special forces in Honduras solely to combat drug trafficking and organized crime, but in reality, these US-trained forces are frequently used to inflict state-sponsored violence against community activists. The recent crackdown in Pajuiles against those resisting a contested hydroelectric dam project is just one more example of the clear involvement of US-supported forces in the repression of Honduran civilians.
It started at dawn. A vehicle full of Honduran police officers showed up at around 5 am on May 3 in front of the community protest camp in Pajuiles, where residents have been present day and night for more than a year to prevent the passage of hydroelectric dam construction machinery. Less than two hours later, the whole area was crawling with hundreds of members of various police units, including regular national police, the Police Investigations Directorate, the elite COBRAS unit and the TIGRES special forces, which are heavily supported by the US and trained by …read more