Coup in Honduras
Hillary Clinton called Manuel Zelaya "Reckless" when he attempted to return to his country after the coup d' etat conspirators kidnapped and deported him from his own country.
This seems to be a repetition of the "Bloodless Coup" pioneered by the Bush administration in Haiti and now repeated covertly by the Obama Administration in Honduras...
The following Communique is forwarded by the "International Liaison Committee of Workers & Peoples. Read their accompanying note which follows after the signed communique from workers/unionist of Honduras and Brazil.
INTERNATIONAL LIAISON COMMITTEE OF WORKERS AND PEOPLES
July 31, 2009
The ILC hereby forwards to you the following Communiqué from Honduras:
Appeal to the International Workers' Movement, To the Trade Union Federations on the Continent and Internationally, To all Trade Unions in the Americas
Dear sister and brother unionists and workers in the Americas and around the world:
Honduras has been witnessing for the past 33 days horrors, repression, state-of-emergency suppression of basic democratic rights -- all of which are the result of the coup d'etat that was organized by the high military command at the behest of the large landowners and the transnational corporations.
This coup d'etat has put in place a de-facto dictatorial regime that has broken with the institutional rule of law; deposed the legitimate president of Honduras, Manuel
Zelaya Rosales; and interrupted the process of consulting the people via a popular referendum on the proposal to convene a National Constituent Assembly to draft a new Constitution.
The labor federations in Honduras -- together with the grassroots, human rights, peasant, indigenous, youth, and women's organizations -- have formed the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup.
Over the past two days, on July 30 and 31, the National Strike of Public Sector Workers has taken place.
On July 30, the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup carried out its protest actions, with road-blocks. The response of the police and army was to attack the thousands of peaceful protesters with firearms, wood and rubber bullets, and toxic tear gas shot down in canisters from helicopters.
We have reports that many of the protesters were seriously injured and that one teacher, Roger Abraham Villegas, received a bullet to his head and is in critical condition.
Among those injured are Carlos H. Reyes, who is co-coordinator of the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup, general secretary of the Union of Bottling Industries (STIBYS) and a leader of the Popular Bloc. Also detained is Juan Barahona, also co-coordinator of the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup.
We issue this appeal to our sisters and brothers the world over, but particularly to those on our continent:
It is in the interest of working people and democracy across the Americas to defeat this coup d'etat.
We cannot accept "solutions" that would have us place on equal footing the legitimate government of Honduras and the perpetrators of the coup d'etat.
We cannot accept the duplicity of the U.S. administration which condemns the coup, on the one hand, while supporting the perpetrators of the coup, on the other.
The defense of democracy in each and every country, the defense of workers' rights and of the very possibility to forge processes of Constituent Assemblies requires that across the continent workers and peoples support unconditionally the resistance struggle that we are waging in Honduras.
That is why we believe it is necessary to carry out a campaign directed at every government and at the embassies with demonstrations and/or sit-down occupations, as well as a CONTINENTAL DAY OF SOLIDARITY AND MOBILIZATIONS.
Together we can thus promote the interests of workers on the continent and around the world.
We call most particularly on the dock-worker unions internationally so that they can organize the boycott of ships bringing cargo to Honduras.
Sisters and brothers on the continent and worldwide:
Let us join forces to demand:
* Freedom for all the detained unionists and activists!
* Down with the military coup!
*Immediate and unconditional return andreinstatement of Manuel Zelaya Rosales, Honduras' legitimate president!
* Onward toward the Constituent Assembly in Honduras!
Joao Batista Gomes
CUT - Brazil
Union of Bottling Industries (STIBYS) - Honduras
Communique - July 31, 2009
The AFL-CIO has issued a strong condemnation of the coup in Honduras. USLAW has taken no formal position as this struggle is outside the scope of our focus. However, international labor solidarity is not limited to Iraq and the message below from trade unionists in Honduras and Brazil is of sufficient import and urgency to warrant our making an exception to make it available to all affiliates.
We are indebted to Alan Benjamin, Liaison to USLAW from the SF Labor Council, for establishing a direct line of communication to the democratic forces in Honduras, and especially the labor forces, and providing this communique from the Popular Resistance to the global labor movement.
Those who want to continue to receive updates from Alan should contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please share this communique with others in the labor and social justice movements.
In solidarity, Michael - July 31, 2009
Rumors are swirling that the military is pressuring Micheletti to agree to Arias's proposal to allow Zelaya to return as president. Fernando "Billy" Joya, a former member of Honduras's infamous Battalion 316, a paramilitary unit responsible for the deaths of hundreds in the 1980s, has resurfaced as "special security adviser" to Micheletti's government. At least nine people have been assassinated or disappeared in the past month, with one body dumped in an area used by death squads in the 1980s as a clandestine cemetery.
Among the executed, disappeared and threatened are trade unionists, peasant activists and independent journalists. The US press has focused on Zelaya's efforts to build support for a constitutional assembly; the proposal to revise the Constitution was broadly supported by social movements as an effort to democratize Honduras's notoriously exclusive political system.
The business community didn't like Zelaya because he raised the minimum wage. Conservative evangelicals and Catholics detested him because he refused to ban the "morning-after" pill. The mining, hydroelectric and biofuel 20 sector didn't like him because he didn't put state land at their disposal.
And the generals didn't like it when he tried to assert executive control over the military.
Zelaya likewise moved to draw down Washington's military presence; Honduras, alone among Central American countries, hosts a permanent detachment of US troops at the Soto Cano air force base, a holdover from the 'Contra war.'
Just Foreign Policy - July 31, 2009
International Liaison Committee of Workers & Peoples,
P.O. Box 40009, San Francisco, CA 94140.