Honduras: Death of An Ally

Death of An Ally

Retired General Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, former head of the Honduran armed forces, left his fortress-like home in Tegucigalpa's posh Florencia Norte district just after 10 a.m. His driver was taking him to purchase a Bible and visit his brother. At an intersection three blocks away, as many as six guerrillas toting submachine guns sprayed Alvarez's car with bullets as he pleaded, "Don't do this to me!" The left-wing Popular Liberation Movement, known as the Cinchoneros, claimed responsibility for the deaths of Alvarez and his driver.

Some speculate that Alvarez, a staunch anti-Communist, was targeted for his role in turning sections of...

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