[Marxism] Honduras Protest in DC on Monday

Greg McDonald sabocat59 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 17 06:18:58 MDT 2009


Protest against paid DC backers of Honduras coup Monday Oct 19
Fri, 10/16/2009 - 16:08 — AP
[Click here for pdf flier]

A protest in front of the DC-based lobbying firm that has been hired
by the Honduran coup regime.

On June 28 the democratically elected President of Honduras Mr Manuel
Zelaya was kidnapped and exiled at gunpoint. Swiftly after, a coup
regime led by Mr Roberto Micheletti, illegally grabbed power. Since
that time there have been hundreds of human rights violations at the
hands of the military and police (under the orders of Mr Micheletti).

Hundreds of peasants, teachers, youth, and others opposed to the coup
have been arbitrarily beaten, jailed without due process, and a few
dozen have been charged with sedition. Fourteen Hondurans, among them
leaders of groups opposing the coup, have died as a result of police
repression or have been assassinated under circumstances that point to
the regime. Journalists have been threatened, attacked, and detained.
In its most egregious attempt at quieting the opposition to the coup,
Mr Micheletti suspended last month Hondurans’ freedoms of speech and
assembly, among others. The regime shut down two opposing media
outlets. What is happening in Honduras echoes a history of coups,
violence, and repression in Latin America that should not be repeated.

The coup regime of Honduras has hired the services of Chlopak,
Leonard, Schechter & Associates to clean up its image in the U.S. A
copy of the contract can be found on the Department of Justice’s web
site http://www.fara.gov/docs/5774-Exhibit-AB-20090918-7.pdf. It is
outrageous that in this day and age a US lobbying firm can take up the
case of an egregiously violent and repressive regime and serve as a
channel to U.S. politicians, newsmakers, and commentators. Chlopak’s
implicit endorsement of the regime’s record of human rights violations
is simply unacceptable. It requires a clear and concise response from
Hondurans and supporters in the DC area.

In front of the offices of Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates
1850 M Street NW, Washington, DC
Closest Metro Station: Dupont (Dupont South Exit)

Monday, October 19, 2009, 12.30 - 1.30 PM

For questions:
Mario Ramos (en español)
mramos at porlademocracia.org / 301.842.4520

Sergio Moncada (in English)
smoncada at porlademocracia.org / 202.431.1729

Beth Geglia (in English)
bgeglia at gmail.com / 202.256.5263

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