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October 19, 2018
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Marriage in the “La Tolva” military jail in Honduras: Karen Spring and political prisoner Edwin Espinal
By Grahame Russell, October 19, 2018
[Espanol, abajo]

 

 
Karen Spring, a Canadian human rights activist and expert, and political prisoner Edwin Espinal were married at midday, October 18, 2018, in the maximum security “La Tolva” military jail in Honduras.  They were married 9 months after Edwin was illegally jailed for his participation in widespread protests against government killings, and against the fraudulent, repressive elections of November 2017.
 
They were married, while thousands of Honduras are fleeing the endemic repression, destitution, organized crime, corruption and impunity of the Honduran regime that is supported militarily, politically and economically by the “international community”, and particularly by the U.S. and Canadian governments.
To be clear: Edwin was jailed on January 19, 2018 –similar to the jailing of dozens of political prisoners across the country- due to their participation in protests against this same repression, destitution, organized crime, corruption and impunity that are forcing thousands to flee, year in and year out.
 

 
Gathered in the “La Tolva” chapel, upon completion of the marriage ceremony, L-R: Prisila Alvarado (Comité por la liberación de presos políticos), Mery Agurcia (COFADEH), Raul Alvarez (political prisoner, detained Jan.19, along with Edwin), Edwin Espinal, Grahame Russell (Rights Action), Karen Spring (Honduras Solidarity Network) and Karina Flores (Comité por la liberación de presos políticos).

Information
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Edwin Espinal y Karen Spring, casados hoy, en la carcel militar “La Tolva”
Por Grahame Russell, 18 octubre 2018
 
El preso politico Hondureno Edwin Espinal se caso hoy con Karen Spring (Canadiense experta y activista en derechos humanos), a medio-dia (18 octubre 2018), 9 meses después de que Edwin fue encarcelado ilegamente por su participación en las protestas en contra de los asesinatos gubernamentales, y en contra del robo de las eleciones (noviembre 2017) a través del fraude y represion.
 
Hoy, se casaron en este cárcel militar, mientras miles de Hondureños huyen la violencia, corrupción, crimen organizado, impunidad y destitución del régimen Hondureno apoyado políticamente, miliarmente y económicamente por la “comunidad internacional”, y en particular por los gobiernos de los USA y Canada.
 
Que queda claro: Edwin fue encarcelado –igual que docenes de presos políticos en el país– por protestar en contra de esta misma violencia, corrupción, crimen organizado, impunidad y destitución del régimen (apoyado por esta “comunidad internacional”), por la cual miles están huyendo.
 
Reunidos a dentro de la capilla de La Tolva, justo después de la ceremonia formal de matrimonio, Izq-Der: Prisila Alvarado (Comité por la liberación de presos políticos), Mery Agurcia (COFADEH), Raul Alvarez (preso político, encarcelado el 19 enero, a la par de Edwin), Edwin Espinal, Grahame Russell (Rights Action), Karen Spring (Honduras Solidarity Network) y Karina Flores (Comité por la liberación de presos políticos).
 

Informacion
Honduras Solidarity Network: Spring.kj@gmail.com; @hondurassol
Comité por la Liberación de Presos Políticos: https://www.facebook.com/prisila.alvarado.1
Rights Action: grahame@rightsaction.org; www.rightsaction.org
 
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Keep on sending info to your elected politicians, holding them to account
Keep on supporting community based groups in Honduras, struggling to defend human rights, restore democracy and to put an end to the undemocratic Canadian- and U.S. backed regime in power – a huge and dangerous struggle.
 
United States: Contact directly your elected Senators (https://whoismyrepresentative.com/) and Congress members (https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative) and make your demands known to them.
Canada: Directly contact your Member of Parliament and make your demands known to them (https://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members) and ask them to write directly to:
 
Ambassador James Hill, Embassy of Canada in Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua, James.Hill@international.gc.ca, tglpa@international.gc.ca
Minister Chrystia Freeland, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Global Affairs Canada, 1-613-992-5234, 1-343-203-1851; chrystia.freeland@parl.gc.ca, chrystia.freeland.c1d@parl.gc.ca, chrystia.freeland@international.gc.ca
 
Honduran Ambassador to Canada
Sofia Cerrato Rodriguez: ambassador@embassyhonduras.hn, 1-613-233-8900
 
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