[Marxism] Green Left Honduran update: Street battles rage despite repression — insurrection continues!

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Thu Sep 24 03:55:15 MDT 2009


[Does anyone know of solidarity actions with the revolution that has broken
out in Honduras in North America? Down here we would love to here about it]

"...the battle on the streets of Tegucigalpa continues.

'Right now, throughout the night, there have been a number of shoot outs in
the different *colonias* [poor neighbourhoods] of the capital', Pereira
said.

'There are parts that are practically in insurrection, there are colonias
that have declared themselves liberated zones.

'They are well organised, they have set up three, fours layers of barricades
to stop the police entering.'

Both explained that the repression by the regime, which has left an unknown
number of people dead and hundreds arrested, had increased support for the
resistance.

'Everything is possible'...




http://www.greenleft.org.au/2009/811/41737

Honduras Updates: Street battles rage, coup tries to repress pro-democracy
uprising
23 September 2009


*Green Left Weekly is planning to run ongoing coverage on the dramatic
developments in the struggle for democracy and justice in Honduras over the
coming days. Four reports, from September 21 and 22, are published below. *

 Honduras: Street battles rage as military attacks pro-democracy uprising

Federico Fuentes, Caracas

September 24 — Street battles are continuing to rage late into the night of
September 23 in the poor neighborhoods of the Honduran capital of
Tegucigalpa, after a day marked by a brutal military and police attack on a
massive demonstration in support of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya.


Zelaya, whose pro-poor policies outraged the Honduran elite and US
corporations, was overthrown in a June 28 military coup and exiled to Costa
Rica. On September 21, Zelaya stunned the world by announcing he had
re-entered Honduras and was inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa.

This announcement — after 88 straight days of resistance to the coup with
strikes, protests and road blockades by the poor majority —set off a renewed
wave of mobilisations across the country to demand Zelaya’s reinstatement as
the legitimate president.

As battles between unarmed protesters and heavily armed security forces
raged on Honduran streets, world leaders condemned the coup regime at the
United Nations General Assembly meeting.

However, while governments from across the world called for the immediate
restitution of Zelaya, US President Barack Obama managed to go through his
entire speech without mentioning the word Honduras once.

This is despite the fact that all officers in the Honduran military, which
carried out the coup and was shooting live rounds at unarmed protesters as
Obama spoke, are trained by the US military. This military training has not
ceased since the coup.

The presentation of the public position of his government — which is
desperately seeking a way to end the anti-coup insurrection that has broken
out in the impoverished Central American nation —was left to Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton and State Department spokesperson Ian Kelly.

Dirian Pereira, from the international commission of National Front of
Resistance Against the Coup (FNRG) , spoke to *Green Left Weekly* again over
the phone from Tegucigalpa, sounding clearly shaken by the brutality of the
repression metered out earlier in the day. Her voice trembling, she said:
“In all honesty, the repression was extreme. There was no contemplation nor
respect nor anything for human rights.

”The repression was extremely strong.

“We still do not know what the coup regime aims to do with the opposition,
because as each day passes, the situation becomes more and more intense.
Each day is more and more intense.”

Called by the FNRG , the massive protest that began at 8am on September 23
was a strong demonstration of the people’s will to see Zelaya, their elected
president, return to the presidential palace.

Due to a spate of lootings caused by the coup regime imposing a total curfew
that led to shortages of food and medicine, the regime temporarily lifted
between 10am and 5pm today.

Pereira said: “The mobilisation was extremely large, making use of the fact
that the curfew had been lifted. The people spilled out onto the streets *en
masse* .... The police tried to provoke the protesters in order to create
chaos, but the resistance ignored them.”

The aim of the protest was to peacefully march to an area close by the
Brazil embassy, where Zelaya remains despite the regime cutting off
electricity, blocking food and firing tear gas into the compound.

Gilberto Rios, a leader of the FNRG, told *GLW* over the phone: “When we got
to the zone, the police, without any prior provocation on behalf of the
protestors, began launching tear gas canister.

“The march was quickly dispersed. Many had to be taken to hospital and a
number of young people were arrested.”

Despite this, the battle on the streets of Tegucigalpa continues.

“Right now, throughout the night, there have been a number of shoot outs in
the different *colonias* [poor neighbourhoods] of the capital”, Pereira
said.

“There are parts that are practically in insurrection, there are colonias
that have declared themselves liberated zones.

“They are well organised, they have set up three, fours layers of barricades
to stop the police entering.”

Both explained that the repression by the regime, which has left an unknown
number of people dead and hundreds arrested, had increased support for the
resistance.

“Everything is possible”, Rios told *GLW*. “There is a strong feeling of
rejection towards the Honduran Armed Forces that have been attacking its own
people, similarly with the police….

“Where I live, the police came to repress peaceful protests and that caused
even more people, who although against the coup had not joined the
resistance, to join the street battles.”

However, as the intensity of the situation mounts, “sectors of the
population are beginning to feel that some kind of foreign intervention can
prevent a bloodbath”.

Rios insisted, however, that “for us, the problem must be resolved
internally”.

Pereira said the talk of possible foreign intervention was coming mostly
from right-wing forces who are feeling desperate, as they are losing control
of the situation.

Rios said the coup leader Robert Micheletti “has explained it in the
following terms: they consider themselves to be a ‘little Berlin’, they feel
like the Nazis when they were completely surrounded at the end of the war.”

The coup regime has shifted from arguing it was invincible to “now talking
about how they are willing to die in the government palace before handing
over power”.

Rios had earlier in the night told *GLW* that the FNRG had not been able to
meet due to the confusion and pace of events. However, Pereira later
confirmed they had meet.

However, for strategically purposes the resistance has not yet announced
what its next steps will be.

When ready, information would be conveyed via Radio Globo, Pereira said.
Radio Globo has acted as a voice for the resistance and its broadcasts are
often disrupted and sabotaged has by the military.

Pereira called for people around the world to “remain alert to what is
occurring, denounce it, hold solidarity actions and remain up to date on
news coming out of Honduras, because here the news is changing from hour to
hour, it is changing every little while”.

Rios said: “All of this [international solidarity] is important for saving
lives.”

Pereira said: “I want to say to the whole world that we continue to stand
firm resisting. We are not going to allow this to slip through our hands,
because just now, we have the people with us.”


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