A very well-attended community event occurred on April 8, 2018 at the Elmvale Community Hall to further inform and encourage the community to move forward with pressure to free Edwin Espinal and other political prisoners in Honduras.

The Spring family and the community of Elmvale and beyond, continue to work to free Edwin Espinal, spouse of Karen Spring, who is still incarcerated in the La Tolva maximum-security prison in Honduras. Edwin was arrested on January 19, 2018 for his human rights work, as he assisted the Honduran people who are targets of the military regime of Juan Orlando Hernandez due to their pro-democracy views.

Dr. Tyler Shipley, a professor at York University and author specializing in Honduras issues, discussed the recent political situation , including violence and repression of the Honduran people since the coup d’etat of the 2009 government of Juan Orlando Hernandez.

Karen Spring, spouse of Edwin, recounted some her experiences living and working in Honduras over the last nine years providing humanitarian assistance to many Hondurans. She added much feeling and context, having lived through the various political tactics and regimes over that period.

Dr. Janet Spring, mother of Karen, then spoke of what has been done and continues to be planned to appeal to authorities and politicians in Canada and Honduras. She and Karen are meeting with politicians on Ottawa this week to continue this.

M.P.’s Bruce Stanton and Alex Nuttall spoke, as did Mayor French and myself and then there were excellent questions and discussion with the audience, which continued with active conversation in a reception thereafter.

This was an excellent event, planned by Anne Nahuis-Ritchie, AWARE Simcoe  and others.

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