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Subject Honduran president, a drug-trafficking ally of Trump & Obama, Trudeau & Harper, tries to win over Biden
Date February 12, 2021 9:49 PM
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February 12, 2021
Honduran president, a drug-trafficking ally of Trump & Obama, Trudeau & Harper, tries to win over Biden (Washington Post article)
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Congresswoman Olivia Zuniga Caceres (daughter of assassinated land, indigenous rights defender Berta Caceres) holding poster: “Drug-traffickers should be in jail, not in the Presidential palace.”

Washington Post
“Honduran president, a Trump [Obama, Trudeau, Harper] ally, implicated in drug trafficking, tries to win over Biden” ([link removed])
By Kevin Sieff ([link removed]) , Feb. 12, 2021

Rights Action took the liberty of correcting the title. The WP editors forgot that Juan Orlando Hernandez, the drug-trafficking, military-backed president of Honduras, was also a “democratic ally” of President Obama, Prime Minister Harper, and remains a “democratic ally” of Prime Minister Trudeau.

When a media outlet like the WP reports this extensively about the drug-trafficking, military backed leader of Honduras, imagine how much the US government and media really know about this regime – propped up and kept in power by the US, Canada and other “international community” actors since the June 28, 2009 military coup ousted Honduras’ last democratic government.
* See also: “US government promises pathway to citizenship for 11 million people, … but will the US & Canada continue to treat Honduras and Guatemala like “shithole countries”, creating ever more forced migrants and refugees?” ([link removed]) (By Grahame Russell, Rights Action, February 9, 2021)

“Somoza is our son of a bitch”
In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt is reported to have said that "Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch", referring to the ruthless military-backed dictator of Nicaragua that the US government was propping up.

‘Juan Orlando Hernandez is our narco-trafficking son of a bitch’
One can imagine US and Canadian leaders saying: ‘Juan Orlando Hernandez is a narco-trafficking son of a bitch, but he is our narco-trafficking son of a bitch’, referring to the military-backed dictator of Honduras, illegally in power since (pretty much) the 2009 US and Canadian-backed coup.

Honduran president target of U.S. investigation, court filings show - by Laura Gottesdiener ([link removed]) , Feb.8, 2021, [link removed]
US motions expand drug claims against Honduras president - by Claudia Torrens, AP News, January 9, 2021, [link removed]
US supports Honduran government that forces many to migrate as it protects drug trafficking - by Tim Steller, Tucson Star, Sep. 12, 2020, [link removed]
U.S. Justice Department Indicts Honduran Former National Police Chief on Cocaine Trafficking Charges - [link removed]
Key witness arrested in drug case against brother of Honduran president - by David Adams & Jeff Ernst, 14 Feb. 2020, [link removed]
Witness directly involves president of Honduras in use of drug money for campaigns - by Jeff Ernst, 8 Oct. 2019, [link removed]

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