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Evading Accountability: Washington’s Drug War in Honduras

Fellowship for Reconciliation  June 1, 2012

A night-time helicopter drug raid by Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Honduran police May 11 in the remote river community of Ahuas, Honduras killed four villagers, including two pregnant women and a 14-year-old boy. The massacre has led to renewed scrutiny of the U.S. role in Honduras.

973 DEA agents, Honduran police, private contractors, and a Guatemalan pilot participated in the operation.  After the shooting, commandos landed from the U.S.-owned helicopters, broke down doors, and interrogated terrified villagers. Indignant indigenous groups in the area called for U.S. agents to leave the area by the end of May.

A fact-finding delegation led by Rights Action that visited Ahuas on May 22-23 reported that “at least ten, tall, light-skinned English speakers with limited Spanish proficiency wearing military type uniforms exited the helicopters to collect cocaine from a boat near the massacre site. They aimed guns at, threatened to kill, and handcuffed residents of the town who had come to assist the wounded.”

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June 1, 2012 - Posted by | Central America, Civilian Casualties, Civilian Contractors | , , , , , ,

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