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Honduras Resiste: A Speech on the Global Day of Action
by Simon Rios
Email: elektrodread (nospam) gmail.com
12 Aug 2009
Good afternoon compañeras y compañeros, passersby, workers, bosses, fellow-citizens, humans, aliens. We unite today to celebrate the resistance to the military coup in Honduras, to lament for the fallen, disappeared, & wounded in the struggle, & to shout NO to the impunity of the men who have, for the moment, overturned the will of the Honduran people. Now we witness, in this twist of irony that is a drop of the lifeblood of history, that the actions of the golpistas not only fortify the popular will they aim to repress, they have set off an awakening in Honduras that no fleet, airforce infantry or death-squad will be capable of reversing.
On June 28th Manuel Zelaya Rosales, the rightful president of Honduras, was awoken at gunpoint at 5:30 in the dawn. It was the day he was to conduct a non-bindng poll that would survey whether the hondurenhos wished for there to be a constituent assembly. Instead he was flown out of Honduras, in brazen violation of the Honduran constitution and all norms of international law, and exiled from his country which remains under military rule. Though the coup was carried out in the name of justice—and what coup is not?—it is that very ideal that the golpistas are subverting. Irregardless of universal condemnation by the international community, the golpistas insist they are acting within the law. They insist
Every arbitrary detention is for liberty.
Every truncheon to the body of a protestor is for the common good.
Every tear-gas canister is for order.
Every death-threat is for stability.
Every torture is for security.
Every radio station shut down is for awareness.
Every civil liberty suspended is for freedom.
Every TV signal interrupted is for free expression.
Every violation of the constitution is to maintain constitutional order.
Every lie is for truth.
Every violation of a woman by a soldier is for justice.
Every knife wound in the body of a unionist is for the fatherland.
Every bullet in the head of a young freedom-fighter is for peace.
Alas, that every killing is carried out in the name of life.
So, let us ask, why do the Honduran military brass, business elites, the courts, and the high offices of the political parties endorse these actions? And why do the unions, the campesino organizations, the ethnicities, the popular bases, the advocates of human rights, the rising masses of Hondureños, in addition to every country in the world condemn this coup d’etat? What was the real crime of Manuel Zelaya, the ACTIONS that would activate the spirit of dictatorship in the hearts of Honduras’ old rulers?
Zelaya was a traitor to his class, and his crimes were numerous:
1) Raising the minimum wage.
2) Providing free meals & entry into the public schools.
3) Ending the concession of new mines to foreign companies.
4) Attempting to nationalize Honduras’ energy infrastructure.
5) Having initiated the process for Cuba’s re-entry into the Organization of American States.
6) Planning to close down the sole US military base in Central America.
7) And finally, encouraging the process of creating a constitution that would include the participation of the indian, the unionist, the afro-Honduran, the woman, the campesino, the maquila worker, and all those sectors of society marginalized throughout the history of the country.
Zelaya had also aligned with Venezuela who sent cheap oil, and Cuba, who sent doctors, and Bolivia, who presented the new world with its first experience in indigenous power, and Ecuador, whose new constitution imbued rights to the pachamama, the mother earth. Here was the sin that may cost him his head. In befreinding the countries of the south, Zelaya was moving towards independence from the United States, who in addition to monopolizing the trade of the nation, in addition to having realized military coups throughout the history of Honduras, in addition to having trained the death squads of the 1980s, in addition to having used the military base for counter-revolutionary activity in Central America, and in addition to having trained the generals that would go on to overthrow Zelaya, the United States would go on to support the golpe de estado. We continue to train Honduran officers in the School of the Americas, & we continue to have diplomatic, economic, & military ties with the golpistas. President Obama speaks of our hypocrisy in condemning US intervention in some countries while calling for it in others. But what Obama can’t see, or refuses to see, or pretends not to see, or is prevented from seeing, is that what we are calling for is NON-intervention. To sever ties with the golpistas. To freeze their bank accounts. Revoke their visas. Boycot their products. Anything short of these actions, the continuation of business as usual, amounts to the ACTIVE support of the coup regime, and it is THIS we are opposing.
We see now this isn’t just a clash between Zelaya & the Honduran state, as the golpistas pretend. It is a clash between the empire, to the north, & to the south, the countries breaking one by one the institutions that have pillaged Latinoamerica ever since Columbus set foot on the beaches of Hispañola. And it’s being done in every new constitution. And it’s being carried out in every expropriation. And it’s being realized in the closure of US bases. And it’s being achieved in every protest, every action, every act of resistance to the businessman’s military coup in the land of Lempira, and in the streets of Boston.
Simon Rios is a freelance journalist and member of the Committee in Solidarity with the Honduran Resistance in Boston.
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Supporters of Honduran People's Fight Back
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14 Aug 2009
Thanks Indymedia: It's time to boost the attention and activism of the "movement" on this critical issue.
Supporters of Honduran People's Fight Back
We, the supporters of the Honduran People's Fight Back, wish to thank indymedia for it's coverage of this "primary struggle." That is to say that with victory in Honduras the stage is set for the greatest "rollback" of imperalism in our lifetime. As the military defeat in Vietnam not only represented an important victory for forces of progress and a defeat for the warmongers, it provided a "staging area" for the struggle of blacks, women, gays, unemployed, miseducated, disabled, environmental responsibility, etc. We believe that this is an excellent time for a similar uprising here in the US and accross the world. Do not be fooled. That is no less what this battle is about. Progressive people everywhere should do all they can to assist the brave people of the tortured Central American slave zone known as Honduras, and align their just causes with this fight. The people of Honduras are writing a most beautiful page in the history of progress. Thanks Indymedia for your frontpage support of this wonderful moment. Looks like you're back in the game.
This is an important time to recall our major role in making a Mr. Barack Obama President of the Unnoted States of America. Does he not owe us something and is it not high to collect? Let's see what is he doing for us? Well he's going along with the "fake war on terror" and leading the continuing charge into Afghanistan. We have not left Iraq and are holed up in gigantic bases neither our people or the Iraqis desire or need and which we know represent a leading spear of an illegal and continual effort on behalf of big oil. Do we want or agree with this? Hell no and let's let him know it. On health care a tentative "public Option" is turning in to an additional subsidy to the insurance industry theives. That is not what we want. We want a single payer system that is the only thing that can work, he knows it as well and still will not even properly discuss it! The man's ears need to hurt!
Barack Obama will you please stand up? As the first African American President of this racists and devided nation please acknoledge these truths. We recognize your accomplishment and it's service to advancing our nation but it is time to "stand up for freedom" forcefully. Are you you up to it? Or will our people have to follow the example of the "Heros of Tegucigalpa" and take matters into their hands. Like the leaders of the "coup regime" our leaders must understand that the time for change is now. And time is running out. SHPFB
This hemispheric awakening is being fostered by independent media artists/sources who you can easily follow. Some are:
Join this struggle for justice and true freedom. Our brothers and sisters across the Americas are doing their parts from conditions of extreme hardship and danger. Surely it is time for us to “step up” from here. We may be on the verge of an historic victory. Spread the news everywhere. jamie
Share with activists and everyone else accross the United States and the world. jamie