By Jimena Paz
Two years ago today, the president of my country, Manuel Zelaya, was forced at gunpoint onto a plane in an SOA graduate-led coup. As Zelaya flew away, the integrity of Honduran sovereignty and democracy disappeared with him, but left behind on the ground was the resolve of my people to struggle to get it back. This determination quickly exploded into what is now the Popular Resistance Front of Honduras.
Until that morning two years ago, I had never taken part in a demonstration on the street. All that changed on the morning of June 28th as I joined together with people I had never known – members of the LGBT community, Afro-Hondurans, indigenous leaders, and campesinos – to recover our stolen democracy.
By Lisa Sullivan
School of the Americas Watch
This past Saturday, Fr. Roy Bourgeois and I accompanied President Manuel Zelaya back to his native Honduras, almost two years after a military coup led by SOA graduates removed him from his country at gunpoint. The short flight
we took with him, from Managua to Tegucigalpa, was a journey packed with laughter, tears, songs, nerves, hugs, and decades of history.
Above all, this was an epic Latin American journey, a brief Latin American freedom ride of sorts. It was a moment to display to a world that does not often look this way, a loosely woven cloth of Latin American sovereignty and integration. As the only U.S. citizens invited to be part of a small group of international accompaniment, Roy and I felt extraordinarily privileged to be sharing this moment with our Latin American sisters and brothers.
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, Military, Obama and Company, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America
Tagged CELAC, colombia, coup, democracy, honduras, obama, venezuela, zelaya
Porfirio Lobo and Manuel Zelaya shake hands on May 23, 2011 (Guardian UK)
By Rady Ananda
Since Obama’s first coup on June 28, 2009, when Honduras President Manuel Zelaya was kidnapped and flown to a U.S. military base in Palmerola before being spirited out of the country in his pajamas, Honduras has endured lethal repression under the US-installed dictator, Porfirio Lobo. But today, May 28, 2011, Zelaya returned.
On May 23rd, Colombia president Juan Manuel Santos and Venezuela president Hugo Chavez brokered a deal that allowed Zelaya to return so that Honduras will be readmitted to the Organisation of American States, thus gaining access to international “aid” funds.
Posted in Land Grab, Military, Obama and Company, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America
Tagged CELAC, chavez, colombia, Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, dictatorship, honduras coup, Juan Manuel Santos, OAS, obama, Organization of American States, us imperialism, venezuala, zelaya
Avi Lewis traveled to Honduras only days after Zelaya smuggled himself into the country and only 100 days after the country experienced only the second coup in Central America since the end of the Cold War. In this 24-minute Fault Lines program for Al Jazeera English, he chronicles how social movements are mobilizing in the streets, standing up to repression not just to bring their president back, but to re-found their nation on more equal terms.
Posted in 4th Estate, Censorship, Elections, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, Region: Honduras, Region: Latin America, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged al jazeera, avi lewis, democracy, Land Grab, military coup, Neoliberalism, Region: Honduras, Resistance, zelaya
Protesters hold a banner that reads " Coup Leaders Out, Honduras Resist", in support of Honduras' ousted President Manuel Zelaya , as they commemorate the 1975 student massacre in San Salvador, July 30, 2009. About 1000 students marched in remembrance of a massacre in 1975 when government troops killed 20 students, and as many as 80 students disappeared. REUTERS/Luis Galdamez
In a SPIEGEL interview, ousted President Manuel Zelaya, 56, discusses the coup in his native Honduras, the lack of intervention from Washington, his political ties to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and his hopes to unseat the regime by peaceful means.
Posted in Neoliberalism, NWO, Obama and Company, Region: Honduras, War and Peace
Tagged coup d'etat, democracy, human rights, militarism, Neoliberalism, Region: Honduras, trade wars, zelaya