11/24 Update

Hi All,

Things are picking up in not good ways. Last night the new Military Police tried to raid the LIBRE office near our hotel, but an immediate response by many many supporters stopped it. Also the Immigration Service is starting to harass international observers. Many of us marked “Tourist” on our visas as our reason for coming to Honduras. Since we’re official election observers, we should have marked “Other.” This is the basis of the group harassed by a document search last night in the north (http://www.hondurassolidarity.org/2013/11/23/hsn-northern-zone-statement-on-immigration-harrassment-of-delegation/  for more info), and concern is that they will start going to hotels, asking election observers for documents.
Six people from our delegation have been requested to go to the Department (State) of Olancho to the north to observe, as it’s supposed to be one of the most fraud-prone (and drug-prone) areas of the country. I’ve volunteered to be one of the six, and i will be leading a group of 3 people. We have a 4 1/2 hour election monitoring training, then we head out about 5 pm today. We will be going with people from COFADEH (the Committee for Families of the Disappeared), which is a good guarantee for our safety. I’m taking my computer, but have no idea how much time or wi-fi will be available, so if you would like to keep updated about the situation:
Please promote, share, invite, and otherwise broadcast the following sites for the Honduras Solidarity Network Election Observation and Human Rights Monitoring Program: 
 
1) Website
 
2) Facebook
 
3) Twitter
 
4) Youtube Channel
5) Email
Here’s a report from the real news network about the repression (I haven’t watched it, but they’ve been good in previous Honduras reporting):

Political Repression Intensifies Ahead of Honduran Presidential Election

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=11077

Thinking of all of you. Much love,
charlie

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