Photo Confirms the Use of Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRAD) by Micheletti’s Troops, Against Zelaya
By Jean-Guy Allard
Shock troops for the Micheletti regime in Honduras have used Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRADs), which can cause permanent hearing damage and other trauma, against the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa where President Manuel Zelaya is.
This is confirmed by a picture taken by a photographer from the resistance, during the events which took place in the embassy’s surroundings this week. The photo reveals the presence of an LRAD, manufactured in the United States, which is capable of emitting an acoustic beam – an obnoxious sound similar to that of a car alarm but quite a bit more intense – which can cause serious damage to the hearing of the people toward which it is pointed.
At 100 meters, according to experts, reception of the LRAD beam can be extremely painful. At full capacity, the LRAD emits a 150 decibel sound wave. In comparison, the Concorde supersonic jet, emitted 110 decibel sound waves when traveling at full speed.
LRAD weapons have been frequently used against native populations by U.S. occupation troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
According to a denunciation issued by President Zelaya, these weapons are designed to cause a state of nervousness and anxiety and were delivered to the Honduran Army by Israelis.
On Thursday, while stating that there are around a hundred supporters at the embassy with him, he added that they have been subjected to “bombardments with chemical products and ultrasound waves that provoke illness and make people very nervous.”
U.S. experts say that any sound volume greater than 90 decibels cause permanent damage. The LRAD even provokes temporary vision loss, according to researchers.
More worrying still, the photo reveals a technician to the side of the LRAD operators, wearing a police helmet and a mask, directing an undefined apparatus toward the embassy.
This Friday, upon revealing that the Security Council had met to “deal with the situation at the Brazilian embassy” Argentina’s foreign minister, Jorge Taina, confirmed that the Brazilian embassy and others “such as our own, are suffering ultrasound attacks and other disturbances.”
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