This video says about itself:
Honduras Ship Action Declared
17 July 2009
The global union organisation, which represents 656 unions worldwide with four and a half million members, has made the call as its latest move to defend democracy in the coup-stricken Central American nation, and in support of the Organization of American States’ (OAS) condemnation of the military takeover. The action call is likely to affect the loading and unloading of the 650 ships flying the Honduran flag, which the ITF considers a flag of convenience — a low cost cosmetic ship registration by companies with no link to the country and no intention of employing its citizens onboard.
ITF General Secretary David Cockroft stated: “We have to put real pressure on the Honduran military to allow the country to revert to democracy. We are therefore calling on our member unions to consider taking lawful action to defend the rights of the citizens of Honduras. That is likely to include protests that centre on Honduran ships. All such actions will be peaceful, will respect the rights of the seafarers on the ships, but will send a clear message to those in authority — for now — in Honduras, that the outside world does not accept their seizure of power.”
Following the coup the ITF mobilised trade unionists in El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua, after its member unions within Honduras asked it to help them by organising peaceful demonstrations at its borders with the three neighbouring countries. The Federation has also sent a message to the OAS Secretary General and the President of the Honduran Congress to declare the military’s action illegal and indefensible, and issued an urgent action alert to its member trade unions asking for their support in backing those trying to reestablish democracy in the country. The alert also mobilises the ITF’s worldwide membership to protest against the illegal grab of power and seek the support of their own governments.
ITF Inter-Americas Regional Secretary Antonio Rodriguez Fritz commented: “The situation in Honduras is bad and getting worse, with violent military attacks on demonstrations, two trade unionists killed and others in hiding from arrest. We’re also fearful of the future, based on the experience of the 1970s and 80s, when similar economic and military groupings used death squads to repress dissent and murder trade unionists.”
He continued: “The Organization of American States has made itself clear. It condemned the Coup and called for the reinstallation of democracy and has now suspended Honduras from membership.” …
For more information contact ITF press officer, Sam Dawson.
Direct line: + 44 (0)20 7940 9260.
International Transport Workers’ Federation – ITF:
ITF House, 49 – 60 Borough Road, London SE1 1DS
Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7403 2733
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7375 7871
See also here.
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Nikolas Kozloff: Zelaya, Negroponte, and Controversy at U.S. Air Base of Palmerola: here.
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The Honduran coup against President Manuel Zelaya has been hogging the Latin American airwaves recently, so it would have been easy to miss the latest attempts to undermine Zelaya’s Ecuadorean counterpart President Rafael Correa: here.
Obama’s not-so-new Latin America policy: here.