PBI-Honduras accompanies #N25 march, expresses concern about state repression against the mobilization
On November 26, the Peace Brigades International-Honduras Project tweeted: “PBI accompanies the march of #N25 International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We express our concern by following this #DefenderAlert. In Honduras 300+ femicides are registered in 2021, 90% remain in impunity.”
Diario Libre reported: “In the march, which moved to the vicinity of the Government Civic Center, where most of the offices of the Honduran Executive Branch operate, the women painted in red a Honduran flag that they installed on one of the fences placed by the military to prevent the passage of the demonstrators.”
The Alert says: “Members of the Anti-Riot Police, National Police and Military Police of Public Order attack defenders in the framework of the protest for the International Day for the Eradication of Violence against Women.”
It says: “While the mobilization was heading to the offices of the National Institute for Women (INAM) in the Government Civic Center, members of the Anti-Riot Police, National Police and Military Police of Public Order closed the passage and attacked the participants by pushing them with their shields and holding them violently, despite the demand of several comrades to release them.”
“Several officers insulted one of the defenders with misogynistic expressions, then physically assaulted her, hitting her face and back.”
The Alert further notes: “From the National Network of Women Human Rights Defenders in Honduras we condemn all forms of patriarchal violence exercised by the State against women’s bodies and other dissident expressions.”
The full Alert can be read here.