Protests against Honduran coup


From British daily The Morning Star:

World says No to Honduran coup

Monday 29 June 2009
by Roger Bagley in Parliament

A worldwide outcry has demanded restoration of democratically elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and an end to the military coup.

Mr Zelaya, who was kidnapped by troops and forcibly expelled to Costa Rica on Sunday, condemned the plot by “a very voracious elite” which wanted to keep the country “in an extreme level of poverty.”

As jittery troops and tanks patrolled the streets of the capital Tegucigalpa, President Zelaya urged Hondurans to resist the coup-plotters.

Late last night, he flew to Nicaraguan capital Managua for a key meeting of leaders of ALBA, the progressive regional bloc started by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez which Honduras is a member of.

UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon called for “the reinstatement of the democratically elected representatives of the country.”

And Bolivian President Evo Morales proclaimed: “We no longer live under dictatorships.”

Condemning “an adventure of a group of the military who have assaulted democracy,” Mr Morales predicted: “They will fail.”

Progressives around the world suspected the involvement of the CIA and the US government. However, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the action taken against the Honduran president “should be condemned by all.” …

[British] Labour MP Colin Burgon, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Venezuela, said: “There can be no return to the military coups and foreign interventions that devastated millions of lives in Latin America over past decades.”

Mr Burgon urged governments across the world to ensure that President Zelaya is returned to office, “as is the wish of the Honduran people.”

Former mayor of London Ken Livingstone declared: “The world should unite to stop this attempt to return Latin America to the bloody past of military coups to block the will of the people.”

Mr Livingstone called upon the British government to “unreservedly condemn” the military coup.

He also urged President Obama, “who has promised a new era of relations between the US and south America,” to do everything in his power to support the restoration of democracy in Honduras.

Communist Party of Britain general secretary Robert Griffiths condemned the coup and called for an end to military violence against civilian protesters.

“The coup shows that Honduras’s privileged elite is willing to use any means to protect their wealth and power,” Mr Griffiths said, urging the British labour movement, particularly Labour MPs and trade unions, to express the “fullest solidarity” with those defending democratic rights in Honduras and to protest at the Honduran embassy in London.

President Chavez [of Venezuela] said the coup was a “grave challenge” to democracy. …

Solidarity campaigners from Hands Off Venezuela and other groups will rally outside the Honduran embassy at 115 Gloucester Place, London W1 (nearest Tube: Baker Street) this evening from 5pm to protest against the coup.

Anti Honduran coup rally in San Francisco, USA: here.

Sinn Fein in Ireland on the coup: here.

From Al Jazeera:

Mariana Sanchez, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Tegucigalpa, said the situation around the presidential compound was “very tense”.

“We know that there was a ceremony expected for Roberto Micheletti, [the replacement for Zelaya as president] but apparently they could not come to the palace because the protesters have blocked the way,” she said.

See also here. And here. And here.

International Trade Union Movement Condemns Coup in Honduras: here.

While publicly opposing the military coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Sunday, the Obama administration on Monday indicated that it will not cut off aid to the Central American country or demand Zelaya’s reinstatement: here.

2 thoughts on “Protests against Honduran coup

  1. Condemn Honduran Coup and Restore Honduran President Zelaya NOW!

    Sign the Emergency Petition!

    To: President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

    CC: Vice President Joe Biden, Congressional leaders, U.N. General Assembly President d’Escoto-Brockmann, U.N. Secretary General Ban, and major media representatives including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, and Reuters.

    I demand that the Barack Obama administration and the U.S. Congress unequivocally condemn the unconstitutional and anti-democratic military coup in Honduras and insist that the military regime and the newly appointed but illegitimate president of Honduras restore President Zelaya to office, free all the imprisoned popular leaders and remove the curfew. I further demand that the U.S. Ambassador to Honduras be recalled immediately until such time as President Zelaya is restored to office.

    Sincerely,

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    Para: El Presidente Barack Obama, la Secretaria de Estado Hillary Clinton

    CC: Ban Ki-moon, Secretario General de las Naciones Unidas; Comité de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado; líderes del Congreso; representantes de los medios

    Exijo que la administración de Barack Obama y el Congreso de los EEUU condene inequívocamente el golpe militar inconstitucional y antidemocrático en Honduras e insista que el régimen militar y el recién designado pero ilegítimo Presidente de Honduras restituya al Presidente Zelaya a su puesto, libere a todos/as los/as líderes populares encarcelados/as y termine el toque de queda. Exijo además que EEUU remueva inmediatamente a su Embajador en Honduras hasta que se restituya al Presidente Zelaya a su puesto.

    Sinceramente,

    STATEMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL ACTION CENTER
    [In English]

    Domingo, 28 de junio de 2009

    El Centro de Acción Internacional, fundado por el ex Procurador General Ramsey Clark y basado en los Estados Unidos, condena en los términos más fuertes, el criminal golpe de estado a manos de las fuerzas armadas de Honduras contra el Presidente democráticamente electo Manuel Zelaya y su pueblo.

    El hecho ocurre en la madrugada de hoy domingo 28 de junio, fecha en la que estaba programada una consulta para que el pueblo decidiera libremente si en las próximas elecciones de noviembre se sometería la pregunta para la convocatoria de una Asamblea Constituyente que diseñara una nueva constitución acorde a las nuevas necesidades del pueblo hondureño.

    Esta consulta ha sido una amenaza para la oligarquía y sus socios corporativos quienes tras varios días de amenazas, utilizaron el ejército fuertemente armado para cobardemente invadir la Casa Presidencial en la madrugada y secuestrar al Presidente Zelaya, llevándolo por la fuerza a Costa Rica.

    Repudiamos asimismo el secuestro de la Canciller Patricia Rodas y el maltrato a los embajadores de Cuba, Nicaragua y Venezuela cuando acudieron solidariamente para prestar su asistencia a la Canciller.

    Unimos nuestras voces a las de la comunidad internacional demandando la inmediata liberación de Rodas y el regreso del Presidente Zelaya a su país para que continúe con sus funciones presidenciales.

    Así también nos solidarizamos con el pueblo hondureño en sus justas demandas.

    Firmado,

    Teresa Gutiérrez y Sara Flounders,
    Co-Coordinadoras del Centro de Acción Internacional,
    Oficina Nacional

    Berta Joubert-Ceci,
    Directora, Capítulo de Filadelfia del Centro de Acción Internacional

    (ENGLISH)

    Sunday, June 28, 2009

    The U.S.-based International Action Center, founded by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, condemns in the strongest terms the Armed Forces of Honduras’ criminal coup d’état against the democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya and the Honduran people.

    The incident occurred today, Sunday, June 28 at dawn, on the date when a referendum was scheduled so that the people could freely decide if the question of calling for a Constituent Assembly would be included during the upcoming November elections. This Assembly would draft a new constitution in accordance with the current needs and aspirations of the Honduran people.

    Today’s referendum represented a threat to the oligarchy and its corporate partners, who after several days of threats used the heavily armed military to cowardly invade the Presidential Residence and kidnap President Zelaya, taking him to Costa Rica by force.

    We also repudiate the kidnapping of Foreign Minister Patricia Rodas and the abuse against the ambassadors of Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela when they went in an act of solidarity to assist Rodas.

    We join the voices of the international community in demanding the immediate liberation of Rodas and the safe return of President Zelaya to his country so that he continues to carry out his presidential functions.

    We in addition want to express our solidarity with the Honduran people’s just demands.

    Signed,

    Teresa Gutierrez and Sara Flounders,
    Co-Coordinator of the International Action Center
    National Office

    Berta Joubert-Ceci,
    Director, Philadelphia Chapter of the International Action Center

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