Micheletti: First, get the cartoonist! And the baby!

amcdThese are the people the putschists in Honduras fear the most.  They fear them so much they put them at the top of the arrest list.

It’s Allan McDonald, a Honduran cartoonist, and his 17 month old daughter, who were arrested at 3 a.m. Monday morning and taken to a hotel where they shared their detention with two foreign journalists and the Venezuelan consul.  The Honduran military hasn’t gotten around to sports stadiums yet, apparently.  Hotel does not equal food, in case you were wondering.  McDonald and his daughter were given water, nothing else, during the nearly 24 hours they were under arrest.

Meanwhile back at McDonald’s house, in the best Nazi tradition, the military busied itself tearing the place apart and building a bonfire for all of McDonald’s cartoons and his art supplies.  The news report that appeared at YVKE Mundial (originally from hablahonduras.com) follows:

Honduran Cartoonist is Arrested and then Freed

Monday, June 29, 2009, 6:54 p.m.

Allan McDonald was detained along with his 17 month old daughter, Abril, at 3 a.m.  He was later freed and found safe and well at home, although under the surveillance of authorities.

Allan McDonald is a cartoonist who had shown his support for the opinion poll promoted by the government of Manuel Zelaya Rosales, through his cartoons published in the Diario el Heraldo de Honduras, Times and Rebelion.org.

Allan communicated with Verenice from a hotel where he found himself detained along with the Venezuelan consul and two female journalists from Spain and Chile, following the coup d’etat where a group of soldiers from the Honduran Armed Forces arrived at his house in Santa Lucia, some eight kilometers outside the capital city of Tegucigalpa.  The house was ransacked.  Later, all of his drawings and art materials were burned.  He was taken from his house along with his infant daughter, who after almost 24 hours had not eaten and had only been given water.  They were not allowed to bring any belongings or money, only his passport.

This Monday, June 29, they were freed and he is at home again, together with his daughter Abril, both safe and sound.  He says that international pressure, from Rebelion.org and the Catholic church of Spain, were decisive in his liberation.  He was told that he had been arrested due to the curfew, but did not know the whereabouts of the other journalists in detention with him.

Machetera is a member of Tlaxcala, the network of translators for linguistic diversity. This translation may be reprinted as long as the content remains unaltered, and the source, author, and translator are cited.

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