[Marxism] Green Left Honduras update: Desperate regime steps up reign of terror, resistance pushes on

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Fri Oct 2 00:00:00 MDT 2009

 Honduras: Desperate dictatorship steps up reign of terror, resistance
pushes on
Federico Fuentes
2 October 2009


October 1 — The dictatorship in Honduras, which overthrew the elected
government of Manuel Zelaya in a military coup on June 28, has stepped up
its reign of terror.

A state of siege remains in place. The most recent targets of the repression
have Radio Globo and Channel 36 — the two main media outlets opposing the
coup and giving the mass resistance movement in the Central American nation
a voice.
The continual repression has affected the size of anti-coup protests.

However, the ongoing resistance has caused further cracks to open within the
pro-coup forces as support for the resistance spreads

“They have just attacked our comrades from the resistance who had been
protesting at the offices of Radio Globo”, Dirian Pereira from the National
Front Against the Coup in Honduras (FNRG) told *Green Left Weekly* over the
phone from the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.

“They were brutally attacked, the police fired tear gases and a number of
people were beaten up.”

“Right now, there is no media outlet that is speaking about the resistance”,
said Pereira about the shutdown of Radio Globo and Channel 36.

Having shut down critical media, “they are carrying out heavy acts of
repression. This morning there kicked out some peasant comrades who had been
occupying the office of the National Agrarian Institute.”

Gilberto Rios, an FNRG leader, told *GLW*: “This is the 10th time that they
have taken [Radio Globo] of the air and left us without any possibility to

“They are violating an elementary right, which is the right to information
and free speech. They are hitting us hard, and the balancesheet we have
drawn up is that this is not positive.

“Nevertheless, the majority of the population is against the most repressive
measures the government is carrying out. This has meant that more sectors
are joining the resistance against the coup.

“We are converting ourselves into a force that, if we can unite, will defeat
this coup.”

On September 28, coup leader Roberto Micheletti declared a state of siege,
suspending all civil liberties. A day later, under pressure, he promised to
lift it.

However, Pereira said: “The only thing they have said is that they will
study the decree because the Congress asked them to … but they have not
annulled it.

“Micheletti said that maybe next week they will annul it, but the repression
continues. They are trying to undermine the motivation of the resistance to

Rios added: “Their attitude is one of strength that, according to our
reading of the situation, does not correspond with the strength they have.
Rather, it comes from the strength of the forces supporting them — the
transnational companies such as Exxon Mobil and other powerful financial
forces that are behind this coup.

“In that sense, there is not only a Honduran coup.

“We have already defeated the Honduran coup. What we are fighting to defeat
now is the coup by the transnationals.”

A proposal to end the conflict between the coup regime, backed by the
oligarchy, and the poor majority supporting Zelaya has emerged from a group
of Honduran business leaders. The proposal would result in both Micheletti
and Zelaya resigning. Power would be handed over to a United Nations mission
that would oversee elections.

Rios said: “The proposal reflects a decision taken by the oligarchy in the
face of the elections scheduled for November 29. The siege decree would
exclude any possibility of the presidential candidates being able to carry
out a political campaign during the next 45 days — leaving only a week or
two for campaigning.

“Many saw this as an attempt by the Micheletti government to prolong their
stay in power beyond the date of the elections.

“This reflects a lack of confidence among [those that support the coup].
There is a process of fracturing within the oligarchy that is in power as a
result of the coup. That is why the resistance is standing firm on its

“The resistance is continuing to make the same demands as always: the
reinstatement of Zelaya and a national constituent assembly.”

On the possibility of a UN intervention, Rios said: “The resistance is not
in favor a such an intervention.”

The mass protests continue. The resistance has called for a mobilisation
tomorrow, Friday October 2, outside the US embassy in the morning and
protests in the poor neighbourhoods throughout the afternoon and night.

The FNRG has called a meeting of the neighbourhood-based resistance groups
in Tegucigalpa for Sunday, October 4.

From: International News, Green Left Weekly issue
#812<http://www.greenleft.org.au/back/2009/812>30 September 2009.

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