Janet Spring -- recent Honduran turmoil threatens the freedom of her son-in-law Edwin Espinel

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Image: Janet Spring/Edwin Espinel and Karen Spring in Honduras.

Over the past year, we've brought you stories on rabble about Edwin Espinel, a political prisoner in Honduras who was arrested in January 2018 following anti-government protests and held in a maximum security prison in deplorable conditions.

It was the best of news when he was released on bail just this past August, after 18 months behind bars. But he's far from out of danger because his bail could be revoked at any time before the trial scheduled for next May.

Edwin is married to Karen Spring who grew up in Elmvale, Ontario, and works with the Honduras Solidarity Network in Tegucigalpa.

Janet Spring is Edwin's mother-in-law who still lives in Elmvale. She has been tirelessly campaigning to get the Canadian government to put pressure on the Honduran government to drop all charges against him. Janet has started a local support group in the small town Elmvale, the small central Ontario town where she lives. It's called Simcoe County Honduras Rights Monitor, and she now fears that recent events surrounding the president in Honduras could have repercussions for Edwin, other political prisoners, and everyone who works for social justice in the country.

Janet Spring dropped by Victoria Fenner's studio in nearby Barrie and talked to her on November 5, just last week, about the current situation that Edwin and her daughter Karen are dealing with in Honduras.

For more information on the situation as it evolves, you can go to the Honduras Solidarity Network, a network of approximately 30 organizations from across Canada and the United States that are committed to demonstrating and advocating for solidarity with the Honduran social movement.

Image: Janet Spring/Edwin Espinel and Karen Spring in Honduras.

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