Attack on the street leaves one person dead and two injured
by Giorgio Trucchi - Rel-IUF
The brother-in-law of Vice President of STIBYS, Porfirio Ponce,was killed in a hail of bullets. His father and sister were injured but are out of danger.The escalation of violence increases against the people of Honduras.
Visibly shaken by the incident, the vice president of the Union of Workers of the Beverage Industry and Similars (STIBYS), Porfirio Ponce, told Sirel that yesterday afternoon, June 10, two men got out of a vehicle and attacked shooting the car which carried his brother-in-law, Oscar Molina, his sister, Griselda Ponce, and his father Porfirio Ponce. "It was a savage attack. While they had stopped at a traffic light, two men got out of a car and started shooting. They received 42 shots and my brother died. "
"Fortunately, my dad and my sister weren't seriously injured and are recovering. The reason for this attack seems quite obvious. Honduras is immersed in a very worrying spiral of violence", said Ponce.
After the coup, the STIBYS has been the subject of a campaign of constant repression. Its Headquarters in Tegucigalpa were raided by soldiers and subject to shots, bursts, and attacks with homemade bombs.
Its president and member of the Coordination of the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP), Carlos H. Reyes, denounced receiving death threats. Also, the union's headquarters in San Pedro Sula was attacked by gunmen, who seriously wounded the treasurer of the Sectional, Douglas Gomez.
In February, Porfirio Ponce's residence was attacked by masked men who took his computer and left his bed full of blood.
Shortly before the consummation of the murderous attack against the relatives of STIBYS' vice president, in the central region, Secretary of Finance of the Teachers Union of Middle School Education in Honduras (COPEMH), Teacher Carolina Pineda, was attacked by masked men who intercepted the vehicle she was driving and shot at her with heavy weapons. Pineda escaped her attackers by taking refuge in a private home in which they provided protection to her.
The teacher Pineda is member of one of the most commited teachers' unions with the fight against the coup, and had complained of constant threats received through phone calls and messages by cell phone.