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Updated 01/14/2008

Remembering 25 Years Ago—October 1982

Oct. 27
The seven Roman Catholic bishops of Honduras publish a letter denouncing the rise in violence in the country. While condemning the activities of radical elements, they also suggest that Honduran authorities are involved in violent acts, noting disappearances and “the mysterious discovery of bodies” and warning that such violence could bring down the new democratic government. In recent months the army has built roadblocks, made midnight raids, begun an anti-leftist propaganda campaign and created a nationwide civil defense network, and the bishops particularly criticize the new civil defense committees as instruments of repression. The letter notes, ''There is a general feeling of greater fear and of less freedom, particularly in border areas, some rural districts and, at times, in the large cities.''

"Bishops in Honduras Denounce New Violence." The New York Times, Oct. 29, 1982.

"Hondurans Upset at Civilian Rule." The New York Times; Nov. 9, 1982.