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SERGIO MONCADA, http://www.porlademocracia.org
     A co-founder of Hondurans for Democracy, Moncada is a D.C.-based 
environmental policy analyst. He said today: "We're gravely disappointed 
that the State Department has said it will recognize the results of 
Sunday's fraudulent election. We're getting reports of widespread fear 
and intimidation by the military, especially in rural areas. The U.S. 
has taken the lead in legitimizing the coup government while practically 
all other countries in the hemisphere, as well as the UN and OAS, have 
said that they will not recognize the results."

TOM LOUDON,  http://quixote.org
     Loudon is co-director of the Maryland-based Quixote Center, which 
organized a delegation of 19 people from the U.S. and Canada now in 
various cities in Honduras. Loudon said today: "We're seeing brutal 
police and military repression ... [and] a dismal turnout." The group's 
website offers reports and photos from various parts of Honduras.

JESSE FREESTON, http://therealnews.com
     A reporter for The Real News, Freeston said today: "I was in San 
Pedro Sula on Sunday. It's the commercial capital and it's a bellwether. 
There was a march of about 500 people and the Cobras -- militarized 
police squads -- attacked it. Peaceful protesters who were sitting and 
singing the national anthem were attacked with tear gas and beaten.
     "The pro-coup media is reporting that the turnout is 60 percent. I 
interviewed several poll workers and I'd estimate that turnout was 
actually about 30 percent of registered voters -- that doesn't take into 
account that a lot of poor people are not registered."
     See Freeston's reports from Honduras at: 
http://therealnews.com/t/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=74&jumival=408

ADRIENNE PINE, 
 Author of the book "Working Hard, Drinking Hard: On Violence and 
Survival in Honduras," Pine is assistant professor of anthropology at 
American University, has done extensive research on Honduras and has 
been blogging about recent events: http://quotha.net .
     Pine said today: "The U.S. State Department has refused to 
acknowledge the human rights abuses by the coup government even though 
human rights groups are reporting thousands of arbitrary detentions, 
hundreds of people tortured and dozens assassinations since the June 28 
coup."

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