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Artists Use Pen Power to Illustrate State Repression in Honduras

 

Detesting the lives lost, anti-government protesters also took to streets joining the protesting police on Tuesday. 

Honduran artists are taking to social media to illustrate state repression in the wake of the disputed presidential elections, as police insist they won't engage in brutality on behalf of the government. 

"Darkest night, there is nothing more terrible than the cry of a mother," writes illustrator cuyo003 on Instagram. "This is what is happening in our country. Before the dictatorship, art will not stop. In honor of José Avilio 46 years old, José Fernando Melgar 16 years victims of the dictatorship."

Using the hashtags #Justice for Honduras and #Justicia Por Honduras, illustrators unleashed their pens on Twitter and Instagram to depict the scenes of violence being wrought under rightwing President Juan Orlando Hernandez. Their firsthand accounts offer a counterperspective on the mainstream media narrative.

Moving depictions include human suffering, mass protesting and chanting. Others include a man planting a flower in the barrel of a police officer's gun, and a closed fist representing the fight against state repression. 

 

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Vero Panama pays a tribute to the police, who have refused to engage in brutality on behalf of the government, saying: "There are more good guys!"
Vero Panama pays a tribute to the police, who have refused to engage in brutality on behalf of the government, saying: "There are more good guys!" Photo:@veropanamart
Angela Velasquez, UX/UI designer, illustrates a scene of protest and combines it with her love for cats. "Since yesterday, there’s a curfew from 6pm to 6am. Besides that people are still expressing their discontent with the situation from their houses and neighborhoods by hitting "cacerolas."
Angela Velasquez, UX/UI designer, illustrates a scene of protest and combines it with her love for cats. "Since yesterday, there’s a curfew from 6pm to 6am. Besides that people are still expressing their discontent with the situation from their houses and neighborhoods by hitting "cacerolas." Photo:@anjirameow
"A single voice asking for justice! Honduras isn
"A single voice asking for justice! Honduras isn't a political party nor a color," writes Angela Velasquez. Photo:@anjirameow
An illustration by Andrea Fonseca, captioned as "Meanwhile in Honduras the city unites."
An illustration by Andrea Fonseca, captioned as "Meanwhile in Honduras the city unites." Photo:@thevikingfly
Two riffles are intertwined with flowers and a dove spreading its wings in this illustration by Angela Velasquez, who says: "We all want peace and justice."
Two riffles are intertwined with flowers and a dove spreading its wings in this illustration by Angela Velasquez, who says: "We all want peace and justice." Photo:@anjirameow
An inked finger marking a vote is shown in this illustration entitled "We are our best weapon," by Eric San Martín, a graphic designer and digital artist
An inked finger marking a vote is shown in this illustration entitled "We are our best weapon," by Eric San Martín, a graphic designer and digital artist Photo:@sanmartin_eric
Illustration by artist Desolziree, captioned "Because although the media is controlled by corrupt power, the pen does not stop it!!"
Illustration by artist Desolziree, captioned "Because although the media is controlled by corrupt power, the pen does not stop it!!" Photo:@Desolziree
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Visual artist 'cuyo003' writes: "Darkest night, there is nothing more terrible than the cry of a mother. This is what is happening in our country. Before the dictatorship, art will not stop. In honor of José Avilio 46 years old, José Fernando Melgar 16 years victims of the dictatorship Photo:@cuyo003
An image by bisual artist
An image by bisual artist 'cuyo003,' captioned "Because the police are also victims of the dictatorship. Tribute to the two policemen killed by the dictatorship in Honduras." Photo:@cuyo003
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