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Education under Attack 2010 - Honduras

Publisher UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)
Publication Date 10 February 2010
Cite as UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Education under Attack 2010 - Honduras, 10 February 2010, available at: [accessed 29 May 2016]
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In August 2009, riot police entered the campus of the National Autonomous University, Tegucigalpa, in tanks, firing tear gas and deploying water canons to disperse 3,000 students and staff protesting against the 28 June coup. Police beat many of the protestors. The rector, Julieta Castellanos, was beaten by police as she tried to calm both sides. Police reportedly opened fire on students inside the campus, injuring some of them.427

Education International reports that teacher union leaders have been targeted specifically. Primary schoolteacher Roger Vallejo, 38, a COPEMH union member, was shot in the head and killed during a demonstration on 30 July. Another union (COPRUMH) activist, Martin Florencio Rivera, died after being stabbed 27 times as he left Vallejo's wake. Saturnino Sanchez, president of one of the teachers' unions, COLPROSUMAH, was severely beaten.428

[Refworld note: The source report "Education under Attack 2010" was posted on the UNESCO website ( in pdf format, with country chapters run together. Original footnote numbers have been retained here.]

427 NEAR, "Police and Students Clash at Honduras University," August 6, 2009.

428 Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), "Statement on the Violence Against Students and Teachers in Honduras," August 13, 2009; and Education International, "Teachers Killed in Violent Repression in Honduras," August 4, 2009.

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