Solidarity with the Honduras resistance!
Published Aug 26, 2009 3:18 PM
It is now nearly two months since an illegal, unconstitutional, brutal military
coup deposed the legitimate president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, and installed
an illegitimate coup regime. The 13 Honduran oligarch families and their
U.S.-trained Honduran generals found Zelaya too friendly with President Hugo
Chávez of Venezuela. Too friendly also with Honduras’ poor. He was
That was only the beginning of a long struggle. Starting that June 28 coup
day, a mass movement began to grow to confront what most Hondurans call the
“de facto government,” that is, the illegal coup regime. Whatever
differences had existed among leftist parties and organizations of workers,
peasants, women and Indigenous peoples, they have now come together to form a
coordinated, unified, if unarmed, fighting front. Its name: the National
Popular Front of Resistance Against the Coup D’état, which groups
together all those who want to oust the coup leaders and bring back
Two months of de facto government has meant two months of Washington
maintaining its relations with the coup regime, two months of facing the army
and police in the streets, two months of illegal arrests and beatings of
activists, two months of the military firing teargas, rubber bullets and live
ammunition at the people. But the National Front is still out in the streets.
It is still mobilizing strikes and public meetings. It is still taking
On Aug. 22 their assembly decided to move once more. The next day
thousands sang revolutionary and resistance songs for hours, along with
progressive artists from around Latin America. Some thousands more marched Aug.
24 in Tegucigalpa, the capital, in conjunction with visits of delegations from
the International Criminal Court and the Organization of American States.
The OAS delegation is supposed to be negotiating a return of the legal
president under a compromise deal that leaves the coup-makers and their bosses
unpunished and takes away some of the little power the elected president had
before he left. Nevertheless, the coup leaders and their oligarch bosses have
rejected this deal. So the struggle continues.
Honduran taxi drivers, teachers and other unionists who have been striking
on and off, the farmers who have blocked crossroads on the highways, the women
who have marched in the streets, the Afro-Hondurans and Indigenous
peoples—all are giving an example to the people of all Latin America and
to the workers and oppressed people in the United States about how to carry out
a prolonged struggle against a heavily armed oppressor. They should not be
They aren’t. In Mexico City from Aug. 20 to 24, the Sao Paolo Forum,
a discussion group of 520 delegates from 32 countries, representing 62 leftist
parties and movements of Latin America and observers from other parts of the
world, made solidarity with the Honduran resistance a central point on its
agenda. The people of Latin America, their most progressive leaders, and all
those who don’t want military “gorillas” running their
countries on behalf of U.S. imperialism stand with the Honduran resistance to
To the North, in the United States this Aug. 28, protests now endorsed by
the Sao Paolo Forum have been called in at least 10 cities in solidarity with
the people of Honduras. (Click on Action Alerts at iacenter.org.) We must show
the Hondurans on the second-month anniversary of the coup that right here in
the belly of the imperialist beast there is solidarity with the resistance and
opposition to the coup leaders and their backers in the U.S. ruling class.
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