Student Struggle in Honduras: Father of one Student Murdered After Protesting for his Son’s Judicialization

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Source: La Tribuna / Criterio / The Dawn news / June 23, 2017

The father of one of the 20 students of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) who are being tried by the judicial system was shot to death.

Roberto Antonio Gómez was the father of Johan Andreé Gómez, one of the students who occupied a building of the state University to claim for a reform to the academic rules. After peacefully leaving the buildings, 20 students that had participated in the action and were deemed to be leaders were formally accused of “usurpation” and “illegitimate restriction of freedom” due to violent entry to the administrative building of the campus.

Roberto Antonio Gómez was murdered by unidentified people as he left his home in the humble neighborhood Brisas del Valle, in Tegucigalpa.

Police authorities said they didn’t know the motivation for the crime. But sources said that the day before, Gómez had been standing outside the Francisco Morazán Criminal Court, holding a sign that read: “El padre consciente, aquí está presente”, which roughly translates to “I’m here because I’m a father with awareness”.

The UNAH remained completely silent about this tragedy, and didn’t issue a statement on this matter as was expected. When questioned about this decision, dean Julieta Castellanos replied that this is a “normal” event. “The university has 90 thousand students and, sadly, there’s often violent deaths of their relatives and even of themselves”. She recalled that “A couple of weeks ago a Psychology student died violently. Teachers of this institution have also suffered this situation and therefore we have never referred to the deaths of parents of students nor will be”.Matan a padre de uno de los 20 estudiantes de la UNAH judicializados

But when her own son was murdered she made thousands of T-shirts and compelled students to march on the streets many times to demand justice for his son. The question here is: what’s the difference between his son and the father of this young student?

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