Soldiers in Honduras that were “trained, vetted and equipped by the U.S. government” chased down and murdered a Honduran teenager, in the latest egregious example of US-fueled human rights abuses in that country. Associated Press:
Ebed Yanes, 15, was killed the night of May 26 after driving through a military checkpoint. His father, Wilfredo Yanes, a mild-mannered organic food supplier, tracked down the soldiers, eventually uncovering an allegedly high-level attempt to hide evidence. Further, his quest led to new information reported this week that the unit in question was supported by the U.S.
The Obama administration has slowly increased its interventionism in Honduras since the military coup took place in 2009. The US-backed regime’s record on human rights has worsened in that time as well.
“Since early 2010,” writes Dana Frank in a piece at Foreign Affairs, “there have been more than 10,000 complaints of human rights abuses by [US funded and trained] state security forces,” and “in many ways, Washington is responsible for this dismal turn.”
The situation brings back haunting memories of other U.S. involvements in Latin America. Washington has a dark track record of supporting military coups against democratic governments and then funneling money to repressive regimes. In 1964, the United States backed a military coup in Brazil; in 1973, it supported a military coup headed by Augusto Pinochet in Chile; and during the 1980s, it threw millions of dollars at the leaders in El Salvador. All of these U.S.–backed governments ruled with enormous brutality.