Saturday, 10 March 2012 00:00 GFP Columnist - Basil Venitis
The best economic years of Greece happened during the Papadopoulos-Pattakos dictatorship. That's why many Greeks miss dictatorship! But Hondurans hate their present dictatorship. Not a day has passed since the start of the year in Honduras without a blogger, journalist, local media owner or social commentator receiving a phone call to say his or her life is in danger.

The freakish governments of Honduras and Greece use charge stacking to persecute dissident bloggers. Charge stacking is the ability to charge a large number of overlapping crimes for a single course of conduct. Combining crimes enables prosecutors to get convictions in cases where there is no misconduct at all.

By stacking enough charges, including treason, Greek prosecutors jack up the threat value of a trial against a dissident blogger, even if the government's case is very weak. Charge stacking is terror. The disgusting governments of Honduras and Greece cannot terrorize the people.

This daily reality of threats and intimidation applies as much in the militarized region of Aguan, scene of a violent land dispute, as in the Copan department which borders Guatemala and acts as a conduit for drug smuggling, and also in the main towns and cities, as recorded by a representative of Reporters Without Borders who was in the country between 17 and 29 February.

The climate of fear in Honduras that began with the crackdown that followed the coup on 28 June, 2009, was rekindled when police launched a security operation codenamed Relampago (Lightning) last November.

It has continued since the tragic fire at Comayagua prison during the night of 14 February, in which 361 inmates were killed. Meanwhile, the murders of 24 journalists over the past decade, 17 of them in the aftermath of the 2009 coup alone, remain unsolved and unpunished.

This Honduran impunity also extends to the murders in recent years of civil society activists, human rights campaigners, trade unionists, and lawyers. It reminds you of the impunity of Greek MPs. The impunity of the 300 MPs of the Grand Brothel on Syntagma Square is the most freakish thing on Earth.

Even though Graecokleptocrats looted many billion euros in kickbacks and churning, not a single Graecokleptocrat has ever gone to jail! Graecokleptocrats are protected by the parliamentary immunity, and nobody can touch them, no matter what. Moreover, they have the nerve to jail dissident bloggers. It's a long way from the 300 Spartans of Leonidas!

Emulating the freakish government of Greece, the government of Honduras persecutes dissident bloggers. Accusing dissident bloggers of treason, Hondurokleptocrats and Graecokleptocrats have manufactured a blood libel in cyberspace, which in turn incites hatred and violence. The freakish kangaroo justice government of Greece is the only government on Earth which steals the computers of its citizens!

Infamous CCU is the brutal arm of the kangaroo government of Greece, which terrorizes the cyberspace, stealing computers and files at gunpoint, perjuring, jailing dissident bloggers, and gagging the truth. The Greek Cyber Crime Unit (CCU) is the most disgusting gang in Fourth Reich!

Hondurokleptocrats and Graecokleptocrats span the gamut of political corruption. Bribe is the gift bestowed to influence the recipient's conduct. Kickback is a payment to a person in a position of power or influence for having made an income possible. Embezzlement is outright theft of entrusted funds. Patronage is favoring supporters. Nepotism is favoring kin. Cronyism is favoring kith. Graft is an unscrupulous use of a politician's authority for personal gain.

Honduras and Greece violate Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which states that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Image Courtesy of - In this 1967 file photo, Greek dictator George Papadopoulos, right, Stylianos Pattakos, far left, and Nikolaos Makarezos, center, are seen in Athens. Makarezos, one of the leaders of the military dictatorship that ruled Greece from 1967-1974, has died at the age of 90, a family statement said. Together with Papadopoulos and Pattakos, Makarezos was a ringleader of the military coup that seized power in a bloodless coup on April 21, 1967. Makarezos, the junta's chief economic policymaker. 

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