Massive int’ solidarity crucial as
Hondurans resist right-wing coup
Published Oct 1, 2009 10:32 PM
Sept. 29—As we go to press, aggression by right-wing forces that can
accurately be described as acts of war continues in Honduras.
A vicious fascist coup may be in the making as the de facto illegal government
of Roberto Micheletti carries out a reign of terror against the people and
Manuel Zelaya, the democratically elected president. The coup
plotters—golpistas in Spanish—have denied rights guaranteed in the
Constitution and banned gatherings.
These latest assaults took place after President Zelaya quietly returned to his
country on Sept. 20 after being deposed in a right-wing coup on June 28.
Zelaya took refuge in the Brazilian Embassy on Sept. 21. He is accompanied
there by his spouse, First Lady Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, and many supporters,
including members of the Honduran resistance.
At stake in Honduras today is the survival of leaders and a movement that
orient in the direction of alleviating the problems of the poor and the working
class. The danger is that reactionary class forces oriented to Washington and
Wall Street at the expense of the poor and the working class could prevail
through military might.
When it became clear that President Zelaya was oriented to goals similar to
those of left-leaning leaders in Latin America like Presidents Hugo Chávez
and Raúl Castro, the super-rich and pro-U.S. oligarchy of Honduras took
action. They kidnapped him in the middle of the night and flew him out of the
Upon President Zelaya’s return, the illegitimate Micheletti government
gave ominous orders to the Honduran police and military: surround the Brazilian
Embassy where Zelaya was staying.
Reports confirm that the coup leaders, described as fascist by the resistance,
dropped chemical gas on the embassy on Sept. 25 after cutting off water,
electricity and food for several days. The gas is known to cause severe
It was also confirmed that the Micheletti fascists used Long-Range Acoustic
Devices on the embassy. LRADs are manufactured in the U.S. and can cause
permanent hearing damage.
A photographer captured the use of LRADs, which emit an acoustic beam so
painful that it can cause serious damage to hearing. At full capacity, an LRAD
emits a 150-decibel sound wave—equivalent to the roar of a jet plane
This weapon has frequently been used by the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan.
President Zelaya reports from the Brazilian Embassy that the people there have
been subjected to “bombardments with chemical products and ultrasound
waves that provoke illness and make people very nervous.”
The aggression by the fraudulent Micheletti golpistas against the Brazilian
Embassy is a blatant violation of international law and conventions. The
aggression demonstrates that the fascists will stop at nothing to keep the
status quo in Honduras.
All indications are that the Micheletti regime aims to kill President Zelaya.
Anticipating that they might attempt to make his death look like suicide, he
has warned, “I am telling the people, Manuel Zelaya will not commit
The Honduran people continue to resist. They have valiantly earned the title
Los Incansables (the tireless ones) with non-stop actions for more than three
On Sept. 27, a delegation from the Organization of American States was denied
entry into the country. On the same day, Micheletti issued a decree suspending
individual liberties and rights guaranteed by the Constitution, dropping all
pretenses of legality.
A curfew was strengthened prohibiting mass gatherings. The next day, Micheletti
announced he would lift the emergency decree curtailing constitutional rights
such as freedom of expression, travel and gathering in public. But not
immediately—only after a “legal review.”
Early the next morning, soldiers forced their way into Radio Globo, which
reports on the resistance, and destroyed every piece of equipment. Journalists
from the radio station and from Channel 36 were arrested. Nevertheless, Radio
Globo managed to get back online very quickly.
Repression against the movement is heavy. People are being rounded up and
beaten, especially youth. A journalist from El Libertador was captured, beaten
and burned with cigarettes. Jessica Sanchez of Feminists in Resistance sent an
eyewitness account that police are raiding hospitals every two hours to pick up
wounded demonstrators. (Americas Report)
Juan Almendares of the Honduran Center for Torture Prevention told Americas
Report that Honduras has become “the largest prison in the world.”
He said, “There is a permanent state of siege here. Human rights
organizations and medics are not even allowed to attend to the tortured and
wounded. The office of the Committee for Families of the Disappeared was bombed
with tear gas. ... Children and the sick in the hospitals are undernourished
since, with the curfew, which is a death warrant, they do not receive food and
are dying of hypoglycemia.”
A well-known and beloved youth leader, Wendy Elizabeth Ávila, died after a
heavy chemical gas attack. The gas triggered her asthma and led to her
At her funeral, Juan Barahona, on behalf of the National Front of Resistance
against the Coup, told Ávila’s family and friends, “Monday,
Sept. 28, marks three months of resistance in the streets. This is our month to
defeat the golpistas. We have the capacity to solve this political crisis. The
OAS has not intervened because they follow the orders of the Yankees, who are
always against any people’s liberation struggle and that is what is
Another National Front leader, Israel Salinas, said at the funeral, “We
should paralyze this country from Tegucigalpa to San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, El
Progreso, Tela, Tocoa, etc. We are convinced of our firm positions. Without
Mel, we say no to any elections. Restore our constitutional rights—on to
the Constitutional National Assembly and to a new Constitution.”
Referring to the wealthy Honduran families, Father Fausto Milla stated:
“Wendy’s death should become a big example in our country, but we
should also not forget the 40,000 hungry children who die because of the
Handals, the Facussés of the country. They just handed me some bad news
for the golpistas. Micheletti’s daughter was deported by the U.S. back
into Honduras. We are not going to deport the golpistas, we want them in prison
forever. We are with and we collaborate with the Resistance.”
Bertha Cáceres of COPINH, an Indigenous group that is part of the
resistance, stated: “In the name of the Indigenous and of the brave
Garifunas who are in resistance and on behalf of women we solidarize ourselves
with Wendy’s family. We say these crimes will not go unpunished. Our
people must understand that only we can determine our destiny. We need to break
our yoke, so that our natural riches belong to us.”
The will of the Honduran people is clear: Resistance and victory are the only
option. As Comrade Fidel Castro of Cuba wrote last week, “A revolution is
brewing in Honduras.”
As with the people of Venezuela who have tasted freedom, imperialism can never
erase that no matter how hard they try.
On Sept. 28, the OAS held a day-long emergency meeting on Honduras.
U.S. delegate Lewis Amselem was caught making snarly remarks, unaware
microphones were still live. “We are looking increasingly foolish,”
he said. “What is the purpose of this declaration? It should’ve
been a simple, short 15-minute project. Should’ve been to reject the
treatment of the OAS officials, the treatment they received over the
weekend,” Amselem said, referring to the incident where five OAS
representatives were turned away from Honduras.
The U.S. official continued: “Reject the deterioration in human rights,
as evidence of the decree of the de facto regime, and call (for) the respect
for diplomatic immunity. That should’ve been it, that should’ve
This followed another remark where Amselem called President Zelaya’s
return to his country “irresponsible and foolish” and claimed it
As usual, the representative of U.S. imperialism turned things on their head,
making right wrong and wrong right.
It is the U.S.-backed Micheletti regime that is responsible for the violence
and repression in Honduras today. The resistance has it right: only the people
of Honduras can determine their own destiny. But solidarity can also be
decisive. At this moment in history, it is urgent for the world movement to
come out in support of the resistance in Honduras.
Latin Americans and the progressive movement here remember the events in Chile
in 1973. A bloodbath must be prevented in Honduras. The people of Honduras must
be free to choose their own leaders. Right now they are demanding leaders who
will address the social problems. Which way things go will depend on how the
movement there coalesces, but solidarity is key in reversing the golpe in
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