Thursday, 14 January 2010

[creative-radio] AMARC condemns attack on radio Coco Dulce de Honduras


AMARC condemns attack on radio Coconut Dulce de Honduras

The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) expressed
strongly condemn the attack suffered by the Honduran community station
Falun Bimetu (Coconut Sweet), belonging to the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna.

AMARC repudia atentado contra radio Coco Dulce de Honduras

La Asociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarias (AMARC) expresó su más
enérgico rechazo al atentado sufrido por la emisora comunitaria hondureña
Faluma Bimetu (Coco Dulce), perteneciente a la comunidad afro-caribeña

[Google translation below]

AMARC's statement detailed that on Wednesday, 6 January during the
morning, a group of strangers entered the studios of the station, looted
their equipment and fire facilities.

Because of the losses, Radio Coco Dulce remains unable to resume its
airtime to rebuild facilities and restore the expensive equipment.

The station is located in the community of Triunfo de la Cruz, Tela Bay,
the Atlantic coastal region of Honduras, and was spreading a campaign
against the installation of a tourism project that would affect the lives
of people originally from the area.

AMARC said the director of radio, Alfredo Lopez, "linked the attack to the
campaign that stopped the real estate project promoted by the authorities
and rejected by the villagers.

The statement also points out that Lopez was arrested by soldiers and
policemen in Tegucigalpa on 12 August 2009 as a result of opposition to
the coup in Honduras.

Finally, the World Association of Community Radio "to the State of
Honduras demand clarification and conviction of those responsible for this

It also requires "the full force and guarantee of the right to freedom of
expression for all Honduran citizens and the Garifuna community in
particular." (PULSAR)

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