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The National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP) elects its Executive Committee and demonstrates the strength of its national structure

July 13, 2010.- In the midst of media attacks from the de facto regime, the Popular Resistance in Honduras carried out its first National Assembly, appointing its provisional leadership and presenting its new Executive Committee headed by Manuel Zelaya Rosales, who is still in exile in the Dominican Republic.

The National Front of Popular Resistance (Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular) would like to inform the International community of its first and successful National Assembly, held this past weekend (July, 10 and 11) in the city of Tocoa, in the department of Colon.

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Campesinos evicted in Aguán Valley

The Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguán (MUCA) reported that during the week of May 10 police and military forcibly removed campesinos from at least four cooperatives in the northern Atlantic region of Honduras.

The police evicted campesinos from the San Isidro cooperative on May 10 and left about 100 agents at the site to keep the campesinos from returning. On May 12 security guards working for landowners René Morales and Miguel Facussé, along with some 60 police agents and soldiers, removed campesinos from the El Despertar in the Aguán River Valley. The Committee for the Defense of Human Rights in Honduras (CODEH) reported that police and soldiers evacuated the San Esteban and Trinidad cooperatives on May 13.

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Honduran Resistance begins Referendum to convene a Constituent Assembly

Thousands of Hondurans were mobilized throughout the country to start the process of collecting signatures, which will end on June 28, the first anniversary of the military coup. The aim is to show the current government and the powers who staged the coup, that the people demand the reestablishment of Honduras through a new constitution. After the mobilization, they denounced the kidnapping of a well-known activist of the Resistance.

Ten months have passed since the day that the Honduran people we were severed of their aspirations to determine their own destiny.

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Truth Commission Under Fire from All Sides

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up to investigate the June 2009 coup that ousted Honduran president Manuel Zelaya will begin its work in May under the skeptical watch of a wide range of observers, from human rights organizations to right-wing political sectors.

According to a recent announcement by the Honduran government, the coordinator of the Commission will be former Guatemalan vice president Eduardo Stein (2004-2008), who will be accompanied by two other international experts, two national experts, and a support team. Technical and administrative assistance will be provided by the Organization of American States (OAS).

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Seven Honduran broadcasters slain since March 1

Honduran television reporter Jorge Alberto “Georgino” Orellana had just left the station where he hosted his own show when a man stepped from the shadows, shot him dead and vanished.

On Tuesday, Orellana became the seventh Honduran broadcaster to be gunned down since March 1 in a country where complaints about human rights abuses have increased since a military-led coup in June.
Most of the victims had reported on organized crime in the northern coastal region of Honduras, a key trans-shipment point for U.S.-bound cocaine.

Reporters Without Borders recently declared Honduras “the world’s deadliest country for the media.”

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Disappearing Truth in Honduras: Commissions Cover Up Demands for New Constitution

Though the June 28, 2009 coup in Honduras caught the world’s attention, outside of Honduras little was said about the objective of the coup; to stop the proposal for a new constitution in Honduras. The terrible repression that followed the coup has also prompted international response, but the political proposal of victims of the repression has been made invisible.

The coup is now in its final phase, a phase that cannot be consolidated; the “disappearance” of the proposal for a new constitution. A two pronged strategy is being employed. On one hand, the creation of the appearance, without the actual reality, of national reconciliation processes, such as a ‘truth commission’ which for lack of participation of the human rights victims, among other problems, does not meet international standards for a truth commission. On the other hand, escalating violence and repression continues against the non-violent resistance movement, which continues to demand a new constitution and does not recognize the Pepe Lobo government, like many nations of the world since the elections he “won” did not fulfill most indicators for democratic elections. This phase in the coup is the most dangerous and prolonged.

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Honduras: OAS annual report cites violations

On April 15 the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR, or CIDH in Spanish), a Washington, DC-based agency of the Organization of American States (OAS), issued its 2009 report on human rights in the hemisphere. For the first time the IACHR included Honduras among the countries that it "believed warranted special attention." The inclusion of Honduras is based on a report, "Honduras: Human Rights and the Coup d'État," by an IACHR commission that visited Honduras in August 2009 to investigate the human rights situation following a June 28 military coup.

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The Committee of Families of the Detained and Disappeared of Honduras, COFADEH, sends an urgent message to the national and international community to express our deep concern regarding the official government communication issued via national TV stations, in an intimidating tone similar to that used by official radio and TV broadcasters following the June 2009 political, military coup. The so-called “Government of Reconciliation and National Unity” used state and private frequencies to repeatedly air messages regarding criminal charges for the fabrication, storage, use, or acquisition or supply of arms, explosives or materiel for war or combat, emphasizing AK47 assault rifles, submachine guns, pistols and homemade weapons.

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Honduran Human Rights Platform Statement on Murder of Teacher

The Human Rights Platform strongly denounces the murder of teacher Jose Manuel Flores carried out by alleged hit men on the afternoon of March 23 at his workplace, the Institute San Jose Pedregal, Comayaguela, Tegucigalpa.

The violent death of professor Flores is interpreted as a clear message to teachers and all of the organizations opposed to the coup that form part of the National Popular Resistance Front.

For decades, teachers unions have been persecuted by intolerant and repressive governments. Since the oligarchy mounted the coup, teachers unions have taken to the streets as part of the National Popular Resistance Front to demand the restoration of Constitutional order.

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Francisco Castillo, FNRP member, assassinated

Wednesday, March 17 at 5:30 pm, Francisco Castillo, member of the National Resistance Against the Coup, was assassinated. Before the coup, Francisco Castillo worked for a company owned by Miguel Facusse, but his involvement in the coup made him quit his job.

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Directors of COHDEFOR in Bonito Oriental, assassinated

Jose Antonio Cardoz and Jose Concepcion Carias, both around 50-years-old, were killed at noon March 18th by unidentified individuals who opened fire with a shotgun as the campesinos were driving home after a day’s work in Bonito Oriental.

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Third Honduran journalist gunned down in two weeks

New York, March 16, 2010— Unidentified attackers gunned down Honduran journalist Nahúm Palacios Arteaga in the city of Tocoa on Sunday, the third deadly attack against the Honduran press in the last two weeks, according to news reports. Honduran authorities must put an end to the wave of deadly violence and ensure that the killers are punished, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

“We condemn the murder of Nahúm Palacios Arteaga and urge authorities to swiftly bring those responsible to justice,” said Carlos Lauría, CPJ’s senior program coordinator for the Americas . “Rising violence is seriously limiting crime coverage while depriving Honduran citizens of critical information on the country’s security.”

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US Congresspeople Condemn Human Rights Violations, Call For Accountability

Nine US Congresspeople have urged US Government Officials, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, to put pressure on President Porfirio Lobo to alleviate the human rights crisis in Honduras. Their remarks appear in a letter addressed to Secretary of State Clinton detailing recent attacks on activists and asking that the US Government make the curtailment of human rights violations and pursuit of accountability for the perpetrators a pre-condition for normalized relations with the new Honduran Government.

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U.S. to Resume Aid to Honduras

March 5 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, on her first trip to Central America since last June’s coup in Honduras, announced the U.S. is restoring aid to the country and urged its neighbors to normalize ties following the election of a new president.

“Honduras has taken important and necessary steps that deserve the recognition and the normalization of relations,” Clinton said yesterday in Costa Rica, citing moves by President Porfirio Lobo to form a unity government and establish a truth commission to investigate abuses after President Manuel Zelaya was ousted and sent into exile by Honduras’s military.

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Honduras: Entrenched Corruption

Corruption in Honduras has taken root at every level of the state, which is helpless to combat it because of the lack of credibility of most of its institutions, the erosion of social capital and the public perception that the problem is here to stay.

This is the conclusion reached by the National Transparency Report produced by the National Anti-Corruption Council (CNA), a state body that operates independently in this country governed by the de facto government of Roberto Micheletti, who replaced President Manuel Zelaya when he was overthrown in a Jun. 28 coup.

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[PAST] Get involved: Delegation to Honduras

March 13-20: Honduras Solidarity Delegation. Meeting in Tegucigalpa or San Pedro Sula, the group will hear from the popular resistance movement and human rights groups, visit political prisoners and threatened communities, and document human rights abuses.

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U.S. Government Response to Elections

Despite criticism of the Nov. 29 Honduran election and continued political repression and censorship and violence against dissidents in Honduras, the State Department has continued to praise the new Lobo government.

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Human Rights Watch: Investigate Attacks on Coup Opponents

Honduran authorities should ensure that recent killings and other attacks on opponents of the 2009 coup are promptly and thoroughly investigated, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Attorney General Luis Alberto Rubí.

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Proposed truth commission delayed

On Feb. 25, former Guatemalan Vice President Eduardo Stein, who was appointed by Honduran President Porfírio Lobo to head the Truth Commission Ad-hoc Committee, announced a delay in the installation of a Honduran truth commission. Stein is tasked with setting the working parameters for the committee and finding its constituents. The establishment of a truth commission had been part of the Tegucigalpa-San Jose Accord brokered last fall in an effort to end the national political crisis in Honduras

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Honduras: new government, same terror

Despite the supposed normalization of Honduras since the transfer of power to President Porfirio Lobo last month, grave human rights abuses targeting opponents of last year's coup d'etat continue unabated. On Feb. 15, Julio Funes Benítez, a member of the water and sewage workers union SITRASANAA and a local leader of the anti-coup National Resistance Front, was shot dead in the city of Comayagüela by four unknown men in a taxi.

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The two Honduras

On January 27, 2010, some 300,000 Hondurans marched in the streets of Tegucigalpa , NOT for the incoming President Pepe Lobo, winner of the illegal presidential “elections” of November 28, 2009, but rather FOR President Mel Zelaya, illegally ousted in the June 28, 2009 military coup.

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And the World Stood By

Why does the hope that is in my heart not die?
It hurts too much to watch human dignity and spirit
Be trampled ...

The embers lie dying, flickering because there appears no reason….
Only glowing and slowly cooling ...
Then something happens ...

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Letter from Manit@ Migrante to President Barack Obama, Leader of the mightiest nation on earth

Dear President Obama,

Today is a blurry day for those of us with eyes on Central America, mister president. It’s blurry because we’ve watched herman@s suffering day and night over the last four months in that small country in the waist of America, Honduras, and now, after all the blood and toil, you throw salt in their wounds.

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COFADEH denounces repression plan

The Committee of Detained and Disappeared of Honduras (COFADEH) expresses its concern to the national and international community regarding the deterioration of the human rights situation in Honduras which is deepening each day.

A new wave of violence includes death threats, political persecution, illegal detentions, tortures and the militarization of sectors of principal cities. Of particular concern is the incursion of vehicles without license plates, darkened windows, driven by heavily armed agents with hooded faces into neighborhoods identified as allied with the Resistance against the coup and self declared as “free of political propaganda.” These actions follow the creation of lists profiling leaders of the resistance movement by order of the military and police.

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Triumph for Democracy in Honduras?

11/02/2009.- On Friday October 30th, a U.S. brokered, Agreement for National Reconciliation and the Strengthening of Democracy in Honduras was signed between President Zelaya and putsch leader Micheletti. Among many sectors, the deal is being hailed as a triumph for democracy in Honduras. Indeed, in their statement, also issued on Friday, the National Resistance Front announced a “celebration of the upcoming restoration of President Manuel Zelaya Rosales as a popular victory over the narrow interests of the coup oligarchy.”

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U.S. Revokes Official Visas in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Honduran officials said Saturday that the United States had taken away the diplomatic and tourist visas of 17 interim government officials and the acting president.

Interim President Roberto Micheletti said that his United States diplomatic and tourist visas had been revoked in response to the June 28 coup in which President Manuel Zelaya was forced into exile.

Later on Saturday, his spokeswoman, Marcia de Villeda, said that the United States revoked the visas of 14 Supreme Court judges, the foreign relations secretary, the country’s attorney general and the armed forces chief on Friday.

Mr. Micheletti said he had anticipated the action and called it “a sign of the pressure that the U.S. government is exerting on our country” to allow Mr. Zelaya back into the nation and restore him to office.

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US Cuts Aid To Honduras In Support Of Ex-leader

The Obama administration on Thursday cut off all aid to the Honduran government over the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya, making permanent a temporary suspension of U.S. assistance put in place after he was deposed in June.

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) gave $163. 9 million to the de facto Honduran government run by Roberto Micheletti.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) gave $163. 9 million to the de facto Honduran government run by Roberto Micheletti, presumably to strengthen its reserve and inject liquidity into the economy of this country that remains mired in a sharp political crisis.

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Temporary Suspension of U.S. Non-Immigrant Visa Services in Honduras

Statement by Ian Kelly, U.S. State Department Spokesman

August 25, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - The OAS Foreign Ministers mission is in Honduras seeking support for the San Jose Accord, which would restore the democratic and constitutional order and resolve the political crisis in Honduras. In support of this mission and as a consequence of the de facto regime’s reluctance to sign the San Jose Accord, the U.S. Department of State is conducting a full review of our visa policy in Honduras. As part of that review, we are suspending non-emergency, non-immigrant visa services in the consular section of our embassy in Honduras, effective August 26. We firmly believe a negotiated solution is the appropriate way forward and the San Jose Accord is the best solution.

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Write to President Obama to take action on Honduras!

Please write President Obama to increase pressure on the de facto regime in Honduras. The demands should include: restoring Manuel Zelaya to the presidency of Honduras and to stop the persecution of individuals and organizations that oppose the military-business coup. Click on the [+] below to see a model letter. Thank you!

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U.S. and the Honduran dictatorship of businessmen gaining time

The entire Honduran capitalist state is operating under orders of the "businessmen" that are mentioned in the AP article "Honduran interim leaders: Zelaya can't be restored". This includes the military, but also congress, the court system and the church. The superstructure of capitalism that Marx explained so clearly so many years ago is working as it is expected. The U.S. on the other hand is helping this business machine, in this case by delaying things until November -- that is only 4 more months. On the other hand President Obama talks the "defend democracy" line and Zelaya indicates that he believes there is "no double standard in the U.S. but internal differences."

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Honduran Civil Society and Immigrant Leaders Visit Washington, DC and other Key Cities in the U.S.

One month after the interruption of constitutional order in Honduras through a military coup d'etat and in the wake of widespread reports of human rights violations harkening back to events of the 1980s, the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) is bringing a delegation of civil society representatives from that country to the U.S. to participate in a speaking tour and to advocate for the restoration of constitutional order and respect for human rights. The tour will start in Washington D.C. with visits to Congressional offices and will be followed by press and speaking events in various U.S. cities, including New York, Boston, and Chicago.

Tour Schedule:
Wednesday and Friday, July 29 - 31: Washington D.C.
Saturday to Tuesday, Aug. 1 - 4: New York City, NY
Wednesday and Thursday, August 5 - 6: Boston, MA
Friday and Saturday, August 7 - 8 : Chicago, IL

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Honduras: A Twenty-first Century Coup?

By Aviva Chomsky

07-24-2009.- We’ve heard a lot of talk about the coup in Honduras is a “twenty-first century coup,” with the implication that things are different now from the way they were in the twentieth century. Especially, people seem to think that things are different now that Obama is president of the United States.

Obviously, this coup did take place in the twenty-first century. But we should look closely at what has changed, and what remains the same, between the coups of the twentieth century and the current coup in Honduras. Let’s begin by looking at two of the main actors in the coups of the twentieth century: the United Fruit Company and the U.S. military.

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The Urgency of Restoring Democracy to Honduras -- and What You Can Do to Help

By Dan Kovalik

7-23-2009.- I just returned from a trip to Honduras where I was part of a delegation of seven U.S. citizens, including two Catholic priests, concerned about the coup in Honduras and its aftermath. While in Honduras, we met with numerous civic groups, including unions, human rights groups and peasant associations. As the press has reported, the ousted President, Manual Zelaya, who was kidnapped from his home and forced into exile, has great support among the poor, the unions and the indigenous groups of Honduras -- that is, the most under-represented and repressed portion of the society.

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Department of State says "no coup d'etat" took place in Honduras

The State Department finally concluded 3 weeks of ambiguity on its determination of whether or not a coup d'etat has taken place in Honduras. Despite the United Nations, European Union, Organization of American States and every Latin American nation clearly condemning the events as a coup d'etat, the United States government has today stated it doesn't consider a coup has taken place. The Obama administration joins only with the coup regime and its supporters (other coup leaders and/or executors of coups) in that determination.

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Resolution Against the Coup in Honduras! U.S. Hands Off! by the National Antiwar Conference in Pittsburgh

This resolution was submitted to the National Antiwar Conference Held at La Roche College in Pittsburgh on July 10-12, 2009 by the Continuations Body, National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations. This resolution was unanimously approved.

The National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations, consistent with its position on the right of oppressed nations to self-determination and opposition to U.S. intervention, condemns the coup d’etat in Honduras and stands in solidarity with the Honduran workers and farmers as they organize mass street mobilizations and political mass strikes to thwart the illegal government of Robert Micheletti. We support self-determination for the people of Honduras and stand opposed to any U.S. attempt to “negotiate” the future of this sovereign nation with the coup-makers.

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Report: Related Assassinations in Honduras Under President “Pepe” Lobo

11/19/2011.- The list of assassinations in Honduras under the Lobo administration also includes an incomplete list of the names of disappeared and severely wounded. In December, the author of this resport is hoping to add a chronology of violent evictions in the Aguán since Lobo became president. The author requests that if you know of cases that are not included, please email him the information at gcozette@crln.org to further update the list. Special thanks to FIAN Honduras, whose reports have offered the most timely and comprehensive updates and analysis - and for those that translate documents and urgent actions from Spanish into English in relation to the struggle and repression in Honduras.

To read the report click here.

Reportback from Zelaya Return

Written by Lisa Sullivan, SOA Watch

5/30/2011.- 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.Manuel Zelaya with Father Roy in the plane

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.

Zelaya’s return was made possible by an agreement brokered by the presidents of Venezuela and Colombia, to the surprise of Secretary of State Clinton, who had logged thousands of miles in her own unsuccessful efforts to negotiate this accord. Though far from being the return to his rightful place as president and only one piece of a four-point accord, the return of Zelaya and the official welcome in his country is nonetheless a significant victory.

To view the entire article in SOA Watch click here.

The New Honduras

Things are back to normal in Honduras.

At least that’s the message of right-wing president Porfirio “Pepe” Lobo Sosa and much of the international community. Several U.S. and international agencies are in the process of restoring aid to Honduras. U.S. biofuels, mining and other businesses are ramping up for increased investment in the impoverished Central American country. The massive repression of public protests, curfews and censorship that followed last summer’s coup d’etat have abated.

But this image ignores a new reality in Honduras: the emergence of what many are calling death squads carrying out targeted assassinations, brutal attacks and threats. They have created an extreme climate of fear for the campesinos (peasants), teachers, union members, journalists and other community leaders involved in the resistance movement that continues to oppose the coup and Lobo’s election.

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Another environmental movement leader murdered

It is with deep sadness that we are informing the Honduran and international community of the murder of our companero Adalberto Figueroa. Saturday the 8th of May at about the 8:30 a.m., when he was getting ready to collect firewood in the company of his 11-year-old son and his nephew, barely a kilometre from his house, he was ambushed by people wearing ski masks. They fired several shots which killed him immediately.

Adalberto was a leader inside and outside his community. He always had an extraordinary sense of solidarity and was utterly committed to social causes. He was a directive member of our organisation (the Environmentalist Movement of Olancho) and was originally our spokesperson. He was committed to the environmental struggle and participated in most of the activities we organised. He was the coordinator of the environmental movement in the Municipality of Guata and most recently, a council member in this municipality. In addition to the environmental struggle and his incursion into politics, he was a leader in his community as a delegate of the word of God.

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Charges of complicity in narco-trafficking make for useful propaganda in Latin American political conflicts. Illegal drugs are such a major part of the region's economies—right up there with oil, tourism, and legal agro-exports like coffee, beef, and bananas —that allegations of narco-corruption against anyone in the region's power elite are never hard to find. But which charges stick against which leaders in the US media appears to have more to do with politics than fact.

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"They're afraid because we aren’t"

Repression and resistance. These two words sum up Honduras today.

There is truly terrible repression — reminiscent of the Central American “dirty wars” run by US-trained militaries in the 1980s. But there is also unprecedented resistance that has mobilized a previously compliant majority.

This is the situation that exists in the aftermath of the June 28 military coup last year that overthrew the elected president, Manuel Zelaya. Zelaya’s crime was to agree to the demands of a united front of social movements to start a democratic process of writing a new constitution

This terrified the Honduran oligarchy and big capital — the involvement of the poor in creating the law is viewed as a threat to their interests. The coup was met by mass resistance, including the largest demonstrations ever seen in Honduras. But, backed by the United States, the regime installed by the coup has held on.

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Alert: to the Honduran People and the International Community

Freedom of expression continues to be threatened and with it the liberty for the free exercise of journalism and full enjoyment of this right by the citizens of Honduras.

To the Honduran people and to the international community we dennounce the fact that RADIO PROGRESO continued to receive threats because of its informative work. These threats were reported at the moment of occurance to the national police entities and to international human rights organisms.

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Repression against radio station in Zacate Grande

Community Radio Network from Honduras:

We denounce that in the past days direct action has been taken against this popular communication initiative.

Miguel Facussé and its allies for years have pursued a strategy to criminalize the Movement for the Certification and Reclamation of Land in Zacate Grande, and has applied repressive measures against Voz de Zacate Grande (pictured), 97.1 FM, a new radio station in the community of Puerto Grande.

The strategy has included a general intimidation of the population through threats and questioning of people who are participating in this project, with the aim of instilling fear throughout the population.

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Honduran Activists Speak on Human Rights

In 2007, Luther Castillo (pictured) was part of a team of Cuban-educated doctors who opened a hospital in Ciriboya, a community of Garifuna — the descendants of Africans and Arawak and Carib Indians that live on the Atlantic coast of Honduras.

Things went well for the first two years, as the hospital grew and treated 378,000 patients in the impoverished coastal area.

Then, a day after the June 2009 right wing coup in which the country’s military ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya, soldiers broke down the doors of Castillo’s hospital, stole medical supplies and intimidated doctors, most of whom left.

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MUCA Signs Agreement With Honduran Government, But Repression Continues

After a long and exhausting negotiating session between the Unified Peasant Movement of Aguán (MUCA) and the Honduran Government, the parties signed a Deed of Commitment that incorporates part of the proposals made by the farmer organization. The text will now be shared with MUCA bases for possible adoption on April 17. Meanwhile, the militarization and repression continues in Aguán, with 40 people arrested during the negotiation process.

It has taken more than 14 hours for the government and MUCA to come to an agreement that will hopefully be the start of a process leading to a final solution to the agrarian conflict that erupted in the Lower Aguán in Honduras.

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Military and Police Detain Campesinos

Armed forces began searches late Monday night and captured at least ten campesinos from the Guadalupe Carney community. They were detained for about 40 minutes and then freed, in Silin, Department of Colon. They carried lists and a computer to check the names of those who were being captured. About 600 families live in the area.

According to reports provided by Defensoresenlinea.com, among those captured and released were: Elías Díaz, Isidoro Hernandez, and eight others. Shortly before 11 am, it was reported that Jesus Hernandez was captured from the United Families Cooperative II.

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Army Moving In On Aguán Campesinos

The pro-government Tegucigalpa daily El Heraldo reported on April 11 that Honduran president Porfirio Lobo Sosa had ordered a "strong militarization" of the lower Aguán River Valley in northern Honduras, the site of a land conflict between influential landowners and some 3,000 campesino families. "Today, the lower Aguán has been totally militarized, and we've detected at least 30 military vehicles with troops carrying high-caliber weapons," said Yony Rivas, a member of the Unified Campesino Movement of the Aguán (MUCA), which has fought since 2001 for some 20,000 hectares of land it claims were bought illegally by three wealthy business owners, Miguel Facussé Barjum, Reinaldo Canales and René Morales.

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José Leonel Álvarez Guerra, MUCA member, assassinated

José Leonel Alvarez Guerra (35), a member of the La Confianza Cooperative with the Unified Peasant Movement of Aguán (MUCA) was killed by two men on a motorcycle, when he was coming home. The assassination took place in the Manga Seca neighborhood in Tocoa, Colón, Wednesday, April 7.

The killing was consistent with the kind of of paramilitary actions recently denounced by the peasants, who noted that a group of 30 men were being trained by Billy Joya Amendola, a notorious death squad leader. Joya had been a member of 3-16 death squad in the eighties and been very active since day of the coup, serving as security adviser under Roberto Micheletti.

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Land Struggles Suffer Repression, Billy Joya Reported Training Paramilitaries

An extremely dangerous situation is developing in Honduras in the municipality of Tocoa, department of Colon in the region known as the Aguan.

In the days leading up to the April 1 murder of a young campesino farmer, the preparation of an operation intended to (falsely) confirm the existence of an armed resistance movement in Honduras was exposed. Reports claim that a renowned death squad member from the 1980’s is training paramilitary forces, while a select police unit is being prepared to “combat guerillas.”

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Repression Intensifies, Resistance Deepens, and Washington Promotes Recognition of the Post-Coup Regime

February and March have been especially brutal months in the state-sponsored repression of the popular resistance in Honduras. In just the past two weeks, three journalists have been assassinated and numerous activists have been detained, tortured, and raped. This repression comes in as the National Front of Popular Resistance Front (FNRP) pushes for the organization of a national constitutional assembly to “refound” Honduras, while the United States, international lending institutions, and countries participating in the regional economic development plan known as the Plan Puebla Panama extend recognition to the government of President Porfirio Lobo, restoring loans, and renewing plans for economic and security integration.

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From Slogans to Reality

From March 12-14, the city of La Esperanza, Intibucá was the location of a gathering of hundreds of people from all over the country to participate in a conference organized by the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras and other organizations linked to the National Front of Popular Resistance. The event took place within the framework of the struggle for a constitutional assembly that would be an expression of the re-founding of Honduras, according to the declarations of its organizers.

The Conference was structured to simulate a Popular Constitutional Assembly in which all the people participated as national delegates. Delegates worked in 20 small assemblies to define the themes that must constitute the content of a constituent assembly that would be destined to write a new Constitution for the Republic.

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Journalists José Bayardo Mairena Ramírez y Manuel Juárez, Assassinated

Two journalists in the eastern Honduran department of Olancho, José Bayardo Mairena Ramírez and Manuel Juárez, were killed Saturday, March 27. The vehicle they were riding is was riddled with bullets, according to an official source from the Fire Department in the area.

“Bayardo Mairena was traveling from Catacamas to Juticalpa, along with Manuel Juarez when they were shot from another vehicle. They even got down to finish them off, “said the fire chief in Olancho, Colonel Rigoberto Contreras.

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Professor José Manuel Flores, FNRP member, assassinated

On March 23, at three in the afternoon witnesses saw two pickup vehicles approaching from the rear of the premises of the the Official High School Institute San Jose del Pedregal, one green and another color white.

Professor Manuel, as his friends called him, was in the building with his students when his murderers attacked. They had crossed the perimeter fence and fired their guns at close range. Professor Manuel was in a terrace and fell at which point the murderers fired again. The teacher died instantly. One of assassins lost his balaclava cap as he escaped through a whole they had made in the perimeter fence.

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Poll Proposed for "Refoundation of Honduras"

Carlos H. Reyes, President of STIBYS, the beverage workers' union, commented that there were 20 working groups that analyzed different things to be included in the constitution, such as political forms, the economic model, human rights, the rights of indigenous and Afro-Caribbean peoples, labor, gender, etc.

"We are going to work very hard for the next two and a half months to get to a poll next June 28th, the date of the coup. We have not yet determined what form it will take, but we know that it will be an instrument that will not only serve to count the people who support the constituent assembly process, but also to further the process of uniting us, of mobilizing and organizing," said Reyes.

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Killing of TV Journalist Spawns Protest

Dozens of journalists took to the streets Monday in northern Honduras to protest attacks on their colleagues after gunmen killed a television journalist in a hail of bullets -- the third such slaying in two weeks.

Nahum Palacios, director of a TV station in Tocoa near the Caribbean coast, was shot to death Sunday night as he drove home and was intercepted by two other vehicles, said Leonel Sauceda, a spokesman for the federal police.

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Letter from U.S. organizations in solidarity with the Honduran people to members of Congress - 3/15/2010

Dear Members of Congress,

During her trip to Latin America earlier this month, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that she had sent members of Congress a letter informing them that the administration would be restoring aid to Honduras. “The Honduras crisis has been managed to a successful conclusion” and “without violence”, she told reporters accompanying her on her trip.Secretary Clinton also stated that the government of Porfirio Lobo had “moved quickly to implement many of the recommendations that (…) were incorporated into the [Oct. 30] Tegucigalpa accord”, including “a truth commission that will be set up.”

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David Enrique Meza, journalist, assassinated

Journalist David Enrique Meza Ceibeño Montesinos, 51 years old, was shot dead today in the afternoon in his car, by unidentified men who followed him in another vehicle. The car driven by David Meza crashed into a fence a few yards from his home.

Meza was recognized for his extensive experience in various media such as El Patio, Ceiba Vision, BNG and Radio America. The people of La Ceiba was outraged by the cowardly assassination of a journalist completely identified with the poor and unjust causes.

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Washington, D.C., March 8, 2010—The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) condemns and laments the murders last month of three persons in Honduras who were active in the resistance to the coup d’état or related to activists. It also deplores the kidnappings, arbitrary detentions, acts of torture, sexual violations, and illegal raids to which other members of the resistance have been victims. The IACHR also expresses its deep concern over information it has received indicating that sons and daughters of activists are being threatened and harassed, and that in two cases they have been killed.

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Hooded armed men execute two campesinos

Today Tuesday, armed men assassinated two Honduran campesinos in the proximity of the El Naranjo community, in the Atlántida department.

The laborers Ramón Ulises Castellanos and Miguel Sauceda had been kidnapped from their homes at 5:10 am by six hooded men who identified themselves from DNIC, or the National Bureau of Criminal Police Investigations.

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Interview with "Grandmother of the Resistance"

Q: We are here with the famous grandmother of the resistance. Tell us your name and a little about the struggle of the Honduran people.

A: My name is Dionicia Diaz, grandmother number one. The struggle of the Honduran people is for a constitutional assembly. They carried out a coup d'etat against our president because he was consulting the people, which isn't prohibited here or in China, but it was a consultation of the people to see if the people wanted to have a fourth ballot box in the coming elections. That fourth ballot box would be to see if we wanted a constitutional assembly. Only the constitutional assembly is above our current constitution. They would see if more of us said yes than no, because they were asking both the people who would say yes and those who would say no, it was a popular consultation. But unfortunately they didn't let him consult us because Sunday the 28th of June when they were going to consult us they carried out a coup d'etat, without any justification whatsoever

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Women in the resistance receive the most threats

Blanca Dole, Celeste Mejía and Gabriela Flores, of the COFEMUN directive, denounced that they are followed constantly since last December by vehicles with polarized windows and no nameplates, and receive threatening phone calls asking for abortion pills and where abortion clinics are.

The Feminist Collective of University Women (COFEMUN) is a women’s organization that has maintained a radical stand in the country after the coup of June 28, 2009, and advocates in defense of the rights of the LGBT community.

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Hooded Men Beat, Try To Kidnap Activist

On Friday, February 26 five hooded men tried to kidnap Tomás Enrique García Castillo, a university student and National Front of Popular Resistance member. He was beaten brutally when he resisted their attempts to take him into a vehicle by force. This occurred when he was coming back at night from class, between the Kennedy and Víctor F. Ardón neighborhoods.

The area where he was walking has become a center of operations for people who have been kidnapping members of the resistance, taking them to clandestine jails where they are tortured.

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WASHINGTON OFFICE ON LATIN AMERICA Deplores Escalation of Human Rights Violations in Honduras

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) is deeply concerned about the escalation of severe human rights violations in Honduras . WOLA calls for an end to these attacks, for a thorough investigation of these criminal acts and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

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History Repeats: Committee of Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared of Honduras

“The so-called 80’s were characterized by a wave of violence in several countries in Latin America. Our country, Honduras, was not an exception. Even though the phenomenon of ‘disappearances’ occurred mostly during the military dictatorships, many people also vanished during democratically elected governments.”

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254 Human Rights Violations under the Pepe Lobo Regime

Less than a month after Porfirio Loba Sosa came to power, 254 human rights violations have been committed, an average of 9 cases per day, which contradicts the government’s claims before the international community that fundamental rights are being respected. The announcement was made during a press conference held at the offices of The Committee of the Families of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) on February 25.

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National People’s Resistance Front Activist, Claudia Larissa Brizuela, Assassinated

A well-known activist in National People’s Resistance Front (FNRP), Claudia Brizuela, was killed Wednesday, February 24 in her home in San Pedro Sula. Her two young children, ages 2 and 8, witnessed their mother’s murder.

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From the USA To the People of Honduras - You are Not Alone!

We Salute the Honduran People in Resistance and the March of Resistance on February 25, 2010.

The undersigned organizations working in the U.S.A. declare to the international community and to the Honduran people the following:

• The Coup d’etat of June 28, 2009 was unconstitutional and illegal; the human rights violations that it generated, including mass-detentions, beatings, imprisonment, rapes, kidnappings, and murders constitute crimes against humanity. Nearly every article of the American Convention on Human Rights has been violated, beginning with the rupture of constitutional order and continuing with the thousands of rights violations.

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Interview: Tortured, Exiled Honduran Journalist Recalls His Experience

Q: Before the Honduras Coup Detat of June 28th 2009, tell me a little about your life.

Cesar Silva: I have always been involved in popular struggles. During university I was elected Secretary of the University Reform Front (FRU) from where we constantly held a line of complaints denouncing corruption and participating in different actions to benefit students. I was also elected president of Journalism Students for two consecutive terms from 1998 to 2002, during which we founded the "Vanguard University Journal" and "Magazine Alert" that circulated once a month across the country's universities.

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Interview with veteran Honduran activist Dr. Juan Almendares

Dr. Almendares has been a figure in the Honduran social movements since the 1970’s. He told us that he currently has three projects: One is the resistance; second, the environmental struggle against mining companies and multinationals; and the third is the CPTRT, a center for prevention of torture, and denouncing military and police brutality. He also continues to run a medical clinic for the poor.

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The Committee of the Families of the Detained and Disappeared in Honduras (COFADEH) are denouncing that today, Sunday, February 7 at 8 am, Caniel Martinez, who was in the offices of our organization received a phone call from the number 222-71-44 in which a woman told him, “Be careful there will be an attack against you, especially those of you who are in the street”.

This new threat against COFADEH comes at a time when the repressive organs of the government are hunting down people with links to the resistance. Some recent actions that put us on the alert are the following:

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Union worker and resistance member, Julio Fúnez Benítez, assassinated

Julio Fúnez Benítez, an active member of the resistance and union worker with SANAA, Workers Union of Aqueducts and Sewer Systems, was assassinated with three shots in the Brisas de Olancho neighborhood, by two hit men who were wearing baseball hats and were driving a motorcycle, around 6:00 pm, Monday, February 15.

Fúnez Benítez was always at the head of all the marches and activities with the National Front of Popular Resistance, FNRP, and last weekend participated in the first assembly with the FNRP, that took place in Siguatepeque.

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State Terrorism against the resistance movement contradicts discourse of reconciliation

Feb. 5, 2010 COFADEH.- The state terrorism which has been implemented since June 28, 2009 against the people of Honduras in the form of selective crimes, political persecution and other human rights violations contradicts the discourse of reconciliation and the installation of a Truth Commission.

For the Committee of the Families of the Detained and Disappeared of Honduras, (COFADEH), the current regime is seeking to clean up an image that has been flooded with blood and terror by presenting itself as a government of reconciliation to the international community.

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Open Letter on MLK Day About Human Rights Violations in Honduras

January 18, 2010 – Martin Luther King Day

We, the undersigned organizations of workers, artists, intellectuals, veterans, activists, lawyers, clergy, and community organizers, strongly condemn the widespread human rights atrocities against the Honduran people, beginning with the military coup on June 28th of 2009. Reports from human rights organizations emerge every day detailing state repression, from rape to assassination, of members of the non-violent resistance, whose aim is to restore constitutional order to their country and foster the creation of a more just society.

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From Coup-lite to Truth-lite: US Policy and Death Squad Democracy in Honduras by Andrés Thomas Conteris

In the Top Ten Ways You Can Tell Which Side the United States Government is On With Regard to the Military Coup in Honduras , Mark Weisbrot correctly illustrates U.S. backing for the coup regime and its lack of support for democracy. For more than 100 days, I have been holed up inside the Brazilian Embassy in Tegucigalpa, accompanying President Manuel Zelaya and covering the story for Democracy Now! and other independent media. In case Mark's points were not convincing, here are 10 more ways to help you decide.

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Killing Activists in Honduras

“As a revolutionary I will be today, tomorrow and forever on the front lines of my people, all the while knowing that I may lose my life." - Walter Trochez, 25, murdered in Tegucigalpa on 12/13/09

The bodies of slain activists are piling up in Honduras. While it's being kept quiet in most Honduran and international media, the rage is building among a dedicated network of friends spreading the word quickly with the tragic announcement of each compañero/a.

Now that the world heard from mainstream news outlets such as the New York Times of a “clean and fair” election on Nov. 29 (orchestrated by the US-supported junta currently in power), the violence has increased even faster than feared.

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Writer's Union chronicle on the 158th Day of Resistance: "The struggle continues"

158th day of Peaceful marches and the tireless Marchers:

This time they head to the “Francisco Morazán” central park, seeing as the Micheletti Thug Trolls took over the Resistance Plaza and the areas adjacent to it. In recent days there were four important events for the Marchers, first: An 70% abstention against the elections of Sunday November 29th, second: The development of a fantastic caravan made up of hundreds of vehicles that went throughout the streets of the capital, the third: A spontaneous gathering of hundreds of protesters in front of the Brazillian embassy, where President Mel is, to give him moral support and salutations, and the fourth: A massive assembly of Marchers in the STIBYS union headquarters, which looked like it was going to explode.

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Abstentionism Wins the Honduran Coup-Regime Elections! Altering the Figures Can’t Alter the Facts.

12/4/2009.- The National U.S. Committee in Solidarity with the People of Honduras declared that an abstention rate of 62% (only 38% voted) in the Coup regime’s elections on November 29 has been calculated by Honduran Congressperson Elvia Argentina Valle, using the total of votes (1.7 million) reported as of 9 p.m. on election day by the military-controlled Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) and the number of registered voters officially reported by the TSE prior to the elections (4.6 million). Since the election, false, preposterous percentages based on altered (and unaccountable) baseline figures have been announced by the coup-controlled TSE and repeated unquestioningly by international media outlets, claiming that these elections broke records in voter participation. Those bogus figures simply cannot stand up to serious scrutiny.

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Communique of the Resistance: The electoral farce has been defeated

With satisfaction we announce to the Honduran people and the international community that the electoral farce staged by the dictatorship has been soundly defeated due to the meager turnout at the polls, to the extent that the Electoral Court coup had to extend voting for another hour until 5 pm

What is visible does not need glasses to be seen. The monitoring our national organization conducted demonstrated the level of abstention is at least 65 to 70%, the highest in the nation's history, which means that just voted for a maximum of 30 to 35% of the electorate.

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United States backs illegal elections in Honduras – Betrays process to restore Constitutional order

November 20, 2009.- After five months of political chaos in Honduras, repeated attempts to reach a negotiated agreement for restoration of Constitutional order have failed due to the defiant recalcitrance of the Micheletti coup regime and the complicity of the State Department. Given this impasse and the deepening human rights crisis, it is widely recognized that conditions for holding free, fair and transparent elections on November 29th, just days from now, do not exist.

Recognizing this dilemma, in late October the United States rushed a high level State Department delegation to Honduras, bringing Micheletti back to the table and brokering the October 30th “National Reconciliation Agreement” requiring the reinstatement of President Zelaya by November 5th. However, in a move paralleling the behavior of the Micheletti regime, a few days later, State Department officials reversed their position, stating that the elections would be recognized by the United States with or without restitution of President Zelaya, effectively breaking the accord.

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AFL-CIO President to Sec. Clinton: "an interim unity government without the representation of President Zelaya invalidates the elections"

The current environment in Honduras, including an illegitimate government in power makes free, fair and open elections impossible. The violent and coercive repression of political opposition to the de facto coup regime, including trade unionists, has continued. At least twelve trade unionists have died in the violence since June 28th. National and international human rights organizations report ongoing human rights violations committed by state security forces, including killings, severe beatings, sexual violence, the imprisonment and torture of activists, as well as the arrest and detention of Zelaya's supporters.

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United States' Intervention in Honduras: Then & Now

Given that we are aware of the history of this topic, it would be irrational to think that US involvement in the Honduran coup comes in the interest of Honduran democracy, insofar as that phrase implies governance by, of, & for the people. The architect of the US constitution, James Madison, was inspired by the need to create a Magna Carta that would prevent the redistribution of wealth from the haves to the have-nots. Democracy was something of a necessary evil that needed to be limited, thus was born "representative democracy," or governance by, of, & for the oligarchy. Since 1898, in the name of this democracy, the United States has overturned over forty governments in the countries that form Latin America. Some were dictators, others were elected democrats, but they were all guilty of challenging North American corporate interests to a lesser or greater degree.

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CISPES Action Alert: Tell the U.S. to Stop Supporting the Honduran Coup Regime!

Take a stand in support of the Honduran resistance to the coup and demand that the State Department and President Obama government end their support for a brutal, repressive and anti-democratic regime!


1. Call the State Department and leave a message for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Assistant Secretary Thomas Shannon: 202-647-4000.

Tell them not to recognize the coup regime’s illegitimate elections that are scheduled for November 29. President Zelaya must be reinstated as the first step for the restoration of democracy in Honduras!

2. Then call the White House and leave a second message for President Barack Obama and Dan Restrepo (Special Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs): 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414.

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Response to Lanny Davis

In his article concerning recent developments in Honduras, Lanny Davis skews the situation in that country, perpetrating outright untruths that serve only the military/empresario coup he is being paid to represent.

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Communique of the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup in Honduras regarding the electoral farse

The National Front of Resistance Against the Coup declares to the Honduran people and the International Community

1.Since the midnight deadline of Thursday November 5th passed without the restitution of legitimate president Manual Zelaya, we declare we will actively ignore the electoral process of 29 November of this year.

Elections which are driven by a de facto regime that represses and violates the human and political rights of the citizenry would only validate nationally and internationally the oligarchical dictatorship and secure the continuation of a system which marginalizes and exploits popular sectors in order to guarantee the privileges of a few.

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If Pres. Zelaya is not restored to power we will not recognize the elections

Communique No. 33

The National Front of Resistance against the Coup D’etat communicates to the Honduran people and the international community.


1. That for 131 consecutive days of struggle we have encouraged a peaceful solution to the current political crisis in our country due to the coup d’etat perpetrated by the Honduran oligarchy. In this period we have accompanied the iniatiatives that have been promoted by various international and national sectors, maintaining three fundamental demands: a)the return to constitutional order with the restitution of Manuel Zelaya Rosales to the presidency, b) respect for the soveriegnty to install a national constituent assembly to reconstruct the fatherland, and c) punishment for the violators of human rights.

2. That the so called Tegucigalpa-San Jose accord contains as a principal element the return to constitutional order and literally states “return executive power to its state previous to the 28th of June until the conclusion of the current governing period the 27th of January of 2010.”

3. That the National Congress, coauthor of the rupture of constitutional order on June 28th, is using stalling tactics by not wanting to convoke an assembly to overturn the decree that installed the defacto regime.

4. That the OAS and the government of the United States, whom we consider an accomplice to the military coup, show no interest in the definitive exit of the coupists from power

We thereby resolve

1. If today, the 5th of Novemeber, after midnight, President Zelaya is not restored to his office, the National Front of Resistance against the Coup D’etat will not recognize the electoral process or its results.

2. We alert all the organizations of the Resistance at the national level to be prepared to renounce the electoral farce if President Zelaya is not reinstated in this timeframe.

3. We call on the international community to maintain its postion of delegitimization of the defact regime and the elections of November 29th.


Tegucigalpa, November 5th, 2009

(Translation by Simon Rios from the Committee in Solidarity with the Honduran Resistance)

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Statement by the National Front of Resistance about agreement that would return Manuel Zelaya to the Presidency

The National Front of Resistance to the Coup d'Etát, facing the imminent signing of a negotiated agreement between the commission representing the legitimate President Manuel Zelaya Rosales and the representatives of the de facto regime, communicates the following to the Honduran people and the international community:

1. We celebrate the upcoming restoration of President Manuel Zelaya Rosales as a popular victory over the narrow interests of the coup oligarchy. This victory has been obtained through four months of struggle and sacrifice by the people who, in spite of the savage repression unleashed by the repressive forces of the state in the hands of the dominant class, have been able to resist and grow in their levels of consciousness and organization and turn themselves into an irrepressible social force.

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From Guantanamo to Honduras: Psychological Wars Then and Now

One timely example is Honduras. In June of this year, President Manuel Zelaya was violently removed from power in a military coup d’état and replaced with a non-elected government, led by former National Congress leader Roberto Micheletti. Since his return to Honduras September 21, President Zelaya has been residing with supporters in the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, with Honduran armed forces stationed outside.

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Honduran Accords Hung Up on Zelaya's Reinstatement

Talks between representatives of the coup regime and the constitutional government of President Manuel Zelaya reached consensus on eight of nine points yesterday. But the missing point is the same one that that has has held up any agreement to end the stand-off since Day One of the coup d'état over three months ago.

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National Front in Resistance Against the Coup De'etat abandons negotiations

The golpista (coup-makers) delegation, in a typical act of intransigence and with the purpose of hindering the progress of the negotiations, attempted to paralyze the dialogue by refusing to accept that our representative sign "with reservations" point No.3 of the agreement concerning the waiving of the installation of a National Constituent Assembly.

We wish to state that our Front does not renounce and will not renounce the fight for this demand, which is the demand of the Honduran people. Aware that this was a move to derail the dialogue using any pretext, since the provisional signature was suggested by them at a previous meeting, we decided not to go along with this farse and for that reason we took the decision leave, allowing President Zelaya to be free to substitute Barahona with another representative of his close confidence. As a result attorney Rivera Rodil Rodil was named as a delegate of the commission of President Zelaya in place of our representative.

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SOA graduates and military coups in Honduras and Venezuela at MIT

Lisa Sullivan, a long-time activist working to close the School of the Americas (now the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation - WHISC or WHINSEC) and the Venezuelan Consul General in Boston, Omar Sierra presented a lecture on "The Involvement of Graduates from the School of the Americas in the Coup d'etat in Honduras and Venezuela.

Sullivan explained how Fr. Roy Bourgois and her were able to meet first Vice President Rangel in Venezuela and later with President Chavez to request that they stop sending military officers to be trained at the SOA, and succeeded. Ironically, some of the generals that participated in the coup de'etat against Chavez in 2004 were graduates of the SOA. That coup was succesfully reversed by the massive protests that exercised presure on Venezuelan soldiers who joined in the demands to return Chavez to the Presidency.

(Pictured a groups of participants at the lecture in MIT. Kaveri Rajaraman (holding the sign) was about to complete her one-day liquid fast in solidarity with Honduras.)

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T-Shirts to support the Honduran resistance

Our solidarity tees are in!!!

Printed by a Boston screen-printer on Union-made shirts, they are 100% cotton and they are BEAUTIFUL!

They come in either Forest Green or Communist Red, in small, medium, & large sizes, with images on the front and back.

The front reads: "Contra el Golpe Militar: Contragolpe Popular!" (as depicted in foto) And "Resiste, Honduras, Resiste!!!"

The back reads "Solidarity Against the Coup in Honduras." as well as the URL to hondurasresists.org

As always, 100% percent of the proceeds will be destined for the Front Against the Coup.

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NY Times reports on Honduras dictatorship closing of democratic radio stations

Honduras Shuts Down 2 News Outlets

NY Times 9-28-09

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — Masked police agents were perched from the windows of a television station early Monday, and soldiers formed a barricade around the headquarters of a radio station here after the de facto government shut them down indefinitely and restricted civil liberties in advance of an expected march in support of the deposed president, Manuel Zelaya.

The other government measures, announced late Sunday, prohibit unauthorized public meetings and allow the police to arrest anyone deemed to be a threat.

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Honduras Quagmire: Time Magazine Interview with Zelaya

Honduran President Manuel Zelaya believes he put his adversaries' backs to the wall this week. He may, however, have painted himself into a corner as well. By sneaking back into Honduras on Sept. 21 and taking refuge inside the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa, the exiled leader - deposed in a June 28 military coup - hoped to turn up pressure on the de facto government to negotiate a settlement that would put him back in office until his term ends in January. But in a telephone interview with TIME on Friday, Zelaya complained of noxious tear gas wafting into the embassy, the scene this week of deadly clashes between his supporters and Honduran security forces.

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Honduras dictatorship using chemical weapons to force President Zelaya and supporters out of the Brazilian Embassy

As reported at 10:30am today (September 25, 2009) on Honduran radio “Radio Globo”, by the Honduran First Lady, Xiomara Castro de Zelaya, wife of President Zelaya, it is strongly suspected that the illegal military-oligarchic regime, headed by Roberto Micheletti and General Ramon Vasquez Velasquez, is intentionally spraying chemical compounds and toxic gases at and around the Brazilian embassy, resulting in serious illness to 87 people inside the embassy.

This appears to be an illegal use of illegal weapons against unarmed civilians, Constituting a direct armed attack against the territory of Brazil.

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Spoiling Manuel Zelaya's homecoming

The US should not stand by while the coup government in Honduras brutally cracks down on Manuel Zelaya's supporters

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Honduras: De facto regime cannot sustain itself until November

An interview with Leticia Salomon, director of Scientific Research for the UNAH, by Jennifer Moore (jenmoore0901@gmail.com), http://alainet.org/active/32978

A lead Honduran researcher believes coup backers will not be able to sustain their support for the de facto regime until elections in November.

Director of Scientific Research for the National Autonomous University of Honduras Leticia Salomon says no one ever anticipated such widespread opposition to the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya on June 28th 2009.

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Rerun in Honduras: Coup pretext recycled from Brazil ’64

The pretext for the Honduran coup d’état is nothing new. In a remarkable replay, bogus charges that the corporate media in the U.S. and Europe have repeated endlessly without attempting to substantiate—that Honduran president Manuel Zelaya sought to amend the country’s constitution to run for another term—are virtually identical to the sham justification for the 1964 coup against Brazilian president João Goulart.

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The Priest of the People and the Forest

The illegal de facto regime of Honduras has stripped Father Jose Andres Tamayo Cortez of his nationality. Salvadoran by birth, Tamayo has been a Honduran national for over 20 years. In 2005, he was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, for his work in defense of the forests and rivers.

From http://www.goldmanprize.org/node/168: "Father Jose Andres Tamayo Cortez, priest of the people and the forest, is a charismatic Catholic priest leading the struggle for environmental justice in Honduras. He directs the Environmental Movement of Olancho (MAO), a coalition of subsistence farmers and community and religious leaders who are defending their lands against uncontrolled commercial logging. Together they continue to exert heavy pressure on the Honduran government to reform its national forest policy."

Not only does the pro-democracy, anti-coup movement of Honduras consider this decision of the regime to be illegitimate, given that the regime is illegal, but they have taken up the cause of Padre Tamayo.

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“Call for a November 2010 Plebiscite so the Honduran People Can Vote on a New Constitution”

By the Youth of ODECO
La Ceiba, Honduras
August 31, 2009

We, young Afro-Hondurans leaders representing the communities of Bajamar, Corozal, Masca, Tornabe, Río Esteban, La Ensenada, Nuevo Go, Sambo Creek, Nueva Armenia, Punta Gorda, San Antonio, Guadalupe, Batalla, Trujillo, Puerto Castilla, Triunfo de La Cruz, Limón, San José de la Punta, San Juan, Santa Rosa de Aguan, Sangrelaya, Ciriboya, Cocalito, Plaplaya, Colonia Alfonso Lacayo Sánchez, Travesía, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa and the city of La Ceiba, at the conclusion of the XVIII National Gathering of Afro-Honduran Youth of the Organization for Ethnic and Community Development (ODECO), celebrated in the city of La Ceiba, Atlántida, at the Satuye Cultural Center on August 27, 28, 29 and 30 of this year [...]

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U.S. moves toward formal cut off of aid to Honduras

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. State Department staff have recommended that the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya be declared a "military coup," a U.S. official said on Thursday, a step that could cut off as much as $150 million in U.S. funding to the impoverished Central American nation. The official, who spoke on condition he not be named, said State Department staff had made such a recommendation to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has yet to make a decision on the matter although one was likely soon.

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OAS will not recognize elections held november 2009 in Honduras

"Countries that have expressed today that they are unwilling to recognize either the process or the results" of the elections on November 29 in Honduras.

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Honduras: Under the Horses Feet or Images of Garifuna Life

By Isis Libertad

It was summer 2005, the year of the last general elections. We went along to see the parade; the high spot of the Fair that Tela celebrates every year.

We travelled to Tela from our Garifuna town ten minutes away, with the kids. Roads were closed and full of people in festive gear, a mixed crowd of Mestizos and Garifuna crowded the main square. We bumped into so many friends! I think most people from our village must have been there. Everyone new everyone: cheers, greetings, broad smiles. The intense humid heat mixed with the lowd music coming from the speakers made a powerful cocktail in the bright Sunday afternoon. We held tight onto the hands of the two younger girls and struggled to find a good spot on the pavement to see the parade.

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Hundreds of scholars denounce illegal firing of Professor Darío A. Euraque by the coup government in Honduras

Approximately 350 scholars from around the world urge the international community and, in particular, the United States to use its leverage to restore constitutional rule in Honduras.

Professor Euraque’s seminal work, Reinterpreting the Banana Republic: Region and State in Honduras, 1870–1972, transformed the historiography of Honduras. His investigations into nationalism, ethnic identity, and sexuality have opened new paths of investigation for other researchers in Central America.

To read the entire letter in pdf format click here.

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First Military Coup of 21st Century Reverses Honduran Women's Gains in Human Rights

By Margaret Thompson
FIRE – Feminist International Radio Endeavour/Radio Internacional Feminista

August 24, 2009 - Tegucigalpa, Honduras – The military coup d’état in Honduras on June 28th has seriously eroded democratic institutions and hard-fought gains in women’s human rights and human rights in general. Setbacks include the takeover and militarization of the National Institute of Women (INAM) by the defacto coup administration, the suspension of 25 people including 18 women from their jobs at INAM, and violent repression by security forces of feminists who were protesting in front of the ministry, ordered by the defacto appointed Minister of Women.

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Obama's deafening silence on Honduras

Seven weeks after the coup in Honduras, the US is hindering efforts to restore President Manuel Zelaya to power

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Amnesty International: HONDURAS Human Rights Threatened as Repression Increases

A delegation from Amnesty International visited Honduras from 28 July 2009- August 1, 2009 to investigate reports of human rights violations following the military-backed coup de tat on 28 June.
The delegation held meetings with representatives from across a wide range of civil society and visited persons in detention and several people receiving medical treatment in hospitals. Where requested, the identity of those interviewed has been withheld for their own safety.

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Summary of Human Rights Violations in Honduras Since Coup 6/28/2009


Murders, Threatened Political Leaders, Community and Popular Leaders Who Have Received Death Threats,Threats Against Entire Communities, Arbitrary Detentions, Unjust Judicial Proceedings, Attacks on Freedom of Expression, Xenophobic Campaign

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Coup government takeover of Indigenous Garifuna Community Hospital

Honduras' new coup-installed government is moving to take over the first and only Garifuna-managed hospital in the country, run by Dr. Luther Castillo, who was part of the delegation who recently visited us.

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Fact Checking Lanny Davis on Honduras

Last Friday, I debated lawyer-turned-lobbyist Lanny Davis, now working for the business backers of the recent Honduran coup, on Democracy Now! It actually wasn't much of a debate -- in the way that word means an exchange of ideas -- as Davis was fast out of the box, preemptively trying to taint host Amy Goodman and me as "ideologues."

As Hillary Clinton's major fundraiser during last year's presidential primary, Davis is known for, among other things, leading the attack on Barack Obama for his association with Reverend Jeremiah Wright. "Why didn't he speak up earlier?" Davis asked in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, demanding to know why the candidate didn't distance himself from Wright's remarks. Recently, Davis has been hired by corporations to derail the labor-backed Employee Free Choice Act, which would make it easier for unions to organize, all the while touting himself as a "pro-labor liberal."

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Honduran Bishop Says Wealth Elite Were Behind Ouster of President

EUGENE, Oregon (CNS) -- A Catholic bishop in western Honduras said members of the country's wealthy elite were behind the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya. Bishop Luis Santos Villeda of Santa Rosa de Copan also said the country needs a dialogue between the elite and Honduras' poor and working-class citizens.

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Hurricane Micheletti

Approaching the Honduran immigration stall I feel my heart rapping on my sternum. Honduras is on the fourth morning of a right-wing golpe de estado, and border-cops from here to Habana have always had a knack for pinching my nerves.

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Day 36

Martín Florencio Rivera, 45, a school-teacher in Tegucigalpa, was stabbed 27 times, to his death, upon attending the funeral of compañero Jorge Abraham Vallejo, also killed by golpista soldiers.

The Front Against the Golpe has announced a seven day march, beginning on Wednesday, to converge on the two biggest cities, San Pedro Sula & Tegucigalpa.

Nike, Adidas, Gap y Knights Apparel, who have maquiladoras in Honduras, have written to Secretary Hillary Clinton requesting the reinstatement of Manuel Zelaya, invoking the importance of siding with the consensus of the EU, the OAS, the UN, and the US president. The signatories of the letter account for the employment of some 60,000 maquila workers in Central America. This group of transnational companies has threatened to cut contracts with the maquilas whom, union leaders claim, are compelling the workers to support the golpe & attend demonstrations in favor. The letter to Clinton signifies a blow to maquiladora owners, who have contracted lobbyists in Washington to represent the interest of the golpistas.

The dictator Micheletti has stated that the golpistas will “resist with pride” the isolation of Honduras by the international community, demonstrating the aristocratic arrogance of the political, military, & empresarial cupolas of power in Honduras. Due to road blocks, strikes, and the suspension of various aid & loans by the EU and the USA, the Honduran economy has lost over $100 million, compounded by a fierce decline in the tourism industry. The wealthy rulers of Honduras—particularly the ten families who financed the coup—insist they will be able to withstand the political & economic pressure of the international community, a claim made believable in light of the tacit support of the United States, Canada, and ultra-right business interests throughout Latin America.

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Day 35

School teacher Jorge Abraham Vallejo has died from a bullet wound to the head. Doctors denounced that soldiers burst into the operating room in search of the bullet.

Various others have received wounds in a wave of military/police repression that began on Thursday and continued through Friday. According to the National Front Against the Golpe, more will likely turn up dead and disappeared in the coming days, though the number is still unclear.

Zelaya has announced he will accuse several golpistas in government and the military, before the International Criminal Court, of crimes against himself & the Honduran people.

(AP) Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega claimed Honduras' coup-installed government might try to provoke a border military incident "to distract attention" from international efforts to restore ousted President Manuel Zelaya.