Still, the protests are refusing to stand down. Watch Queue Queue “He never stopped working. Their mother had died years earlier, so after their father was murdered, his brother Jorge Humberto took custody of the children, most of them in their late teens. All who believe in anti-imperialism and power from below must show their solidarity with the Honduran people in this critical time. Protests against President Juan Orlando Hernandez are likely to continue as the anniversary of the 2009 coup approaches. Demonstrations and activities are also planned in several US cities. June 28, 2019 Honduras at Ten Years After the Coup: a Critical Assessment by James Phillips. Sara Kozameh. Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were quick to legitimize the coup and call for new elections that in Clinton’s words would “render the question of Zelaya moot.”. Since the coup that removed Manuel Zelaya from power in 2009, Honduras has become one of the most violent countries on the planet. Zelaya’s Liberal Party was split into pro-coup and anti-coup camps, and the latter later joined him and grassroots resistance movements in forming an opposition party, LIBRE. Articles are … Ten years have passed since the democratically elected center-right president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was removed in a military coup. A flashpoint was reached on June 24, when the military police invaded the UNAH campus and fired live ammunition at students. The Honduran constitution strictly prohibits presidential re-election, but a convoluted Supreme Court ruling paved the way for Hernandez to run as an incumbent in 2017. The U.S.-supported military coup in Bolivia has largely disappeared from western news outlets ever since the November 2019 massacres of pro … The crisis they are suffering epitomizes the very worst of imperialism and neoliberalism. Now more than ever, the Honduran people are in need of international solidarity. Honduras erupted in protest two months ago against health and education privatisation, but the actions soon evolved into nationwide protests and blockades demanding “Fuera JOH” (Out With JOH), the acronym for Hernandez’s name. Since the coup against Manuel Zelaya 2009, the human rights situation in Honduras has deteriorated drastically. The Student Movement Standing up to the Honduran Regime, Get a $20 discounted print subscription today, The CIA’s Secret Global War Against the Left. Catalyst, a new journal published by Jacobin, is out now. “The Armed Forces will be accompanying the National Police in all parts of Honduras so that our population can carry out their activities as they see fit, tomorrow and any other day,” Defence Minister Fredy Diaz said. It’s so important that it is part of the university’s name and identity, National Autonomous University of Honduras. In the words of one student protester, “many consider that this process of government control developed and intensified during” her rectorship and that “this is the origin and maturing moment of many of the conflicts of the university today.” One of Castellanos’s first acts as rector was to fire sixty workers at UNAH for allegedly illegally protesting on campus. They stated that the government respects human rights and the right to peaceful protest, but emphasised security forces would uphold the right to freedom of movement and safeguard property. To this student leader, one of the most pertinent problems is that the frentes universitarios (student groups) have “sold out” and belong to the political parties who try and use them for power and leverage within the country’s most important educational institution. The MEU fights for the democratization of UNAH, while joining its struggle with national-level action, supporting the wider social movement against the neoliberal ruling class. His family was in mourning the following month when the Honduran military overthrew elected President Manuel Zelaya, who had gradually shifted somewhat to the left while in office. Over 50% of the population lives in poverty and per capita income is … “I asked for help from immigration at the [Mexican] border,” Garcia said. When her term came to an end in April 2013, she stayed on as “interim rector.” Meanwhile, an act of Congress was passed to remove the rule of no-reelection, allowing her to continue in her role. When the Military Police entered the campus and fired upon students, it was not just a disgraceful act of government repression against students, it was a direct violation of UNAH’s autonomy. The ministers of security and defence held a brief press conference on Thursday night to read a joint statement. After the brief scare that Zelaya’s self-declared “center-right” government might bring socialism to the country — one of the coup’s central justifications — Honduras has returned to a program of neoliberalization. But it was defeated in the 2013 elections by National Party candidate Hernandez. Students protest in front of a line of riot police outside the Congress building in Tegucigalpa on April 30, 2019. The 2009 Honduran coup d'état, part of the 2009 Honduran constitutional crisis, occurred when the Honduran Army on 28 June 2009 followed orders from the Honduran Supreme Court to oust President Manuel Zelaya and send him into exile. Help Us Stick Around for Many More. Students protest in front of a line of riot police outside the Congress building in Tegucigalpa on April 30, 2019. By 2010, Honduras had the highest per capita homicide rate in the world outside of active war zones, and it retained the top spot for three years. The students, teachers, and administrators each have a 33 percent share in the voting makeup of the council. The 2009 coup d’état that ousted democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya carried uncanny echoes of the darkest days of US-backed war in Central America, and proved a harbinger of the coming right-wing counterrevolution in the region. Observers across Latin America, watching nervously to see how President Obama would respond to his first real foreign policy test in the region, quickly had their hopes for a shift in US policy crushed. Contested elections later in 2009 swept the National Party into power and it has been there ever since. His work colleagues told him he should flee the country for safety. Unable to file an asylum request at the border, Garcia ended up making it the 30 kilometeres to Tapachula mostly on foot, skirting checkpoints. The political climate was tense in early 2009, but Garcia Manueles aired contentious local perspectives on politics and allegations of political corruption in town, his son said. The coffee is packaged in 30kg boxes containing two 15kg vacuum-packed bags. Police and military forces have cracked down on protests, sometimes with live ammunition. “There is a lot of repression against youth,” said Yessica Trinidad, coordinator of the Honduran Network of Women Human Rights Defenders. He left the next day. We discuss why the United States’ institutional breakdown won’t stop after Trump leaves office and what can be done to improve things for working people. The remote, forested northeastern Mosquitia region and small islands off the Caribbean coast have become prime landing spots for drug flights and boat shipments coming from Colo… Just when the people of Honduras are marking the 10-year anniversary of the coup d’état that forced then President Manuel Zelaya from office, Honduras is … With a student population of over 93,000, since the coup UNAH has become both a symbol of government encroachment into Honduran society as well as popular resistance against the regime. The Los Angeles Independent Media Center publishes progressive activist news in Los Angeles and including parts of Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside, and Orange counties. Observers across […]. On the same day of a referendum to create a National Constituent Assembly that sought to rewrite the military dictatorship’s 1982 Constitution, Zelaya was whisked away to Costa Rica still in his pajamas. Yet since then, Washington has found no shortage of alternative ways to hurt the Honduran people, who have watched their country turn into one of the most violent and dangerous in the world. The country has a long Caribbean coastline and access to the Pacific Ocean via a southern gulf. Since the coup, a right-wing dictatorship — maintained through an alliance between the military, landowning elites, and the media — has increased ties with the United States while drastically militarizing the country. Under this imperial shield, Hernández is employing state violence and repression without fear of consequence. Hernández, with his known links to drug trafficking and criminal gangs, employs the state apparatus against his own people while corrupting democratic institutions to further entrench himself and the oligarchy that supports him in power. Photograph Source: Roberto Breve – CC BY-SA 2.0. Tom Sullivan is an Australian freelance journalist based in Mexico City. Garcia’s father, Jose Luis Garcia Manueles, was a primary school teacher and part-time local radio correspondent in Marcala, a town in western Honduras. Get our print magazine for just $20 a year. Remarkably, no students lost their lives, despite a number of serious injuries. From left to right: Bolivian President Evo Morales, former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, late Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. The student movement is now trying to ally itself with the teachers to have a clear majority control. The Los Angeles Independent Media Center publishes progressive activist news in Los Angeles and including parts of Ventura, Santa Barbara, Riverside, and Orange counties. In every sense of the word, it was an invasion. The next month in August, with a quick amendment to the Constitution to avoid the prohibition on military participation in policing, the Military Police was created. In Honduras, to oppose the government has become dangerous. In 2009, a group of Honduran politicians and military officers staged a coup and removed then-President Manuel Zelaya from office and from the country. We’re Celebrating Our 10th Anniversary. Ten years after a coup removed President Manuel Zalaya from power, its consequences still shape Honduras – from months of protests to migration. Our new issue, “Failure Is an Option,” is out now. July 1, 2019 Honduras US Empire Video The Grayzone’s Anya Parampil sat down for an exclusive interview with Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, on the 10th anniversary of the US-backed right-wing military coup that overthrew him. A conversation with former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted in a U.S.-backed coup in 2009. Leftist perspectives, including social democrat, anarchist, communist, socialist, and revolutionary voices. Various groups within the movement have taken their fight all the way to the National Congress and even the Supreme Court of Justice, which in 2015 ruled in favor of ten students who had been illegally suspended for shutting down a UNAH campus in protest for sixteen days. NACLA is launching a summer fundraising campaign. Hernández backed down and repealed the law, How the US Created Violent Chaos in Honduras, Honduras Is a Mirror for All of Latin America, In Honduras, “We’re Supporting the Axe Murderers”. The subsequent elections following the coup in Honduras have included a media blackout and political repression against the left wing opposition candidates, including targeted assassinations of anti-coup leaders ahead of the polls, and ever since 2009, US governments have … The current status quo in Honduras is reminiscent of the days of US-backed death squads during the 1970s and ’80s Central American civil wars. Early on Friday morning, FUSINA, an interagency force comprised military, police and other forces, announced it was shutting down all road access to and around the capital city airport between 8am and noon. This video is unavailable. Ten years ago, the military ousted Zelaya and today they are repressing and removing anti-government protesters from the streets. Consequently, much of the fight has been for control of the all-powerful Consejo Universitario (University Council) which has the power to name a board which in turn appoints the executive of the university in the rector. Travellers should be inside the terminal before 8am, according to the statement. It’s been ten years since a US-backed coup installed a repressive neoliberal regime in Honduras. Despite attacks by the staunchly pro-regime media, La Plataforma achieved a huge victory in June when Hernández backed down and repealed the law. Tweet. [2 But in 2012, Garcia’s uncle was also murdered and his siblings scattered. Poverty has doubled, electricity prices have doubled following the industry’s privatization, and the medical industry is currently being privatized – triggering the massive anti-government protests that the Western media is ignoring completely. The tournament was announced on 11 December 2018 [2] and was scheduled to be played in the second semester of 2019, however, due to the tight schedule between league and international competitions , the tournament will be played on a later undisclosed time. December 13th, 2019: The Garifunas vs The Honduran Coup December 13, 2019 latinomediacollective Leave a comment Despite being front and center in the fight for social justice in Honduras; the Garifunas have been grossly overlooked and denied a voice in both English & Spanish-speaking corporate media. The fraudulent reelection of President Juan Orlando Hernández (JOH) in 2017 was an important moment proving the criminality and violence of the regime: Hernández brutally cracked down on protesters, killing seventeen. Garcia has never since set foot in Marcala, but a local man with political ties was convicted of the murders and Garcia and his siblings were occasionally located and threatened in connection with the case. Since that date, the country has been on a social, political and economic downward spiral. More than 30 protesters and bystanders were shot and killed, according to Honduran human rights groups. “W e are writing to urge you to stand with democracy and human rights in Honduras.” So began a letter to then-U.S. president Barack Obama signed by 240 academics and experts, just months after a U.S.-backed coup d’état removed democratically-elected Honduran president Manuel Zelaya from … For one senior student organizer who prefers to remain anonymous, this means the decentralization of power. It’s been ten years since a US-backed coup installed a repressive neoliberal regime in Honduras. Discontent runs high with political leaders accused of exercising one-party rule since the 2009 coup and of colluding with organise… In July 2013, the regime created the Intelligence Troop and Special Security Group. Hundreds of military personnel and riot police were deployed to the airport early Friday morning. Mexico is now processing his asylum claim, which could take several months. Protests have been building towards Friday, the tenth anniversary of the coup. A key U.S. ally in Central America despite recent strains on that relationship, President Juan Orlando Hernández’s government confronts profound public malaise. Earlier this month, the armed men left a note on Garcia’s motorcycle at the shop that read: “We are waiting for you. Clinton’s role in supporting the coup in Honduras is a reminder that the Middle East is not the only part of the world in which she is willing to set aside principles of international law and human rights to advance perceived U.S. economic and strategic interests. Las protestas en Honduras de 2019 correspondieron a una serie de pequeñas protestas y disturbios ocurridos en octubre, [1] que pidieron la renuncia del presidente Juan Orlando Hernández; esto como consecuencia directa del juicio por cargos de narcotráfico contra su hermano Tony Hernández, llevado a cabo en Estados Unidos. In response, LIBRE formed the Opposition Alliance Against the Dictatorship with the small PINU party and anti-corruption crusader Salvador Nasralla, with Nasralla as the alliance candidate. Honduras 2019. On the same day of a referendum to create a National Constituent Assembly that sought to rewrite the military dictatorship’s 1982 Constitution, Zelaya was whisked away to Costa Rica still in his pajamas. “He received telephone threats and messages left on his vehicle, telling him to stop the [radio] programme,” Maical Garcia, 28, told Al Jazeera. These coffees have each been cupped a minimum of five different times during the cupping process. The man responsible for steering the reform through the National Congress is now the current president: Juan Orlando Hernández. Since only April of this year, state security forces have killed at least eight people protesting privatization attempts to health and education. A decade later, U.S. resolve to greenlight and back the coup d'état in Honduras remains one of the most shameful U.S. foreign policy decisions in recent memory. Cup of Excellence: The winning lots are the top 30 coffees that scored above an 87 by the Cup of Excellence International Jury. The opposition LIBRE party had called for a rally in the area. Zelaya had attempted to schedule a non-binding poll on holding a referendum on convening a constituent assembly to rewrite the constitution. In a troubled region, Honduras stands out for its political convulsions, deadly gang presence, and the desperate flight of its people. Bitter fights have broken out over everything from administrative changes, to attempts to criminalize student protest, to an increase of the passing grade from 60 percent to 70 percent, which would have effectively kicked 13,000 students out of the university. June 28, 2019. These accusations have not prevented the MEU from winning wide support among the student body. In what is starting to look each day more like a defining lucha (fight) for Honduras between a regime lacking legitimacy and a diverse movement of street protests, the role of the student movement has been critical. Even the DEA has entered the scene, through its Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Team (FAST) which is now conducting operations in the country. On campus, the most important group within the student resistance is El Movimiento Estudiantil Universitario (The University Student Movement). Politicians from both main political parties, including Zelaya’s, closed ranks behind the military, instating a civilian de facto government pending elections. In response, students and workers are valiantly leading the fight. “It is very painful,” Trinidad told Al Jazeera. Massive street protests have been led by La Plataforma para la Defensa de la Salud y Educación (Platform for the Defense of Health and Education), made up of various unions with more than seventy thousand combined members. It was a watershed moment of popular power against a regime that needed to deploy the military, when the police alone could not repress the movement. Friday marks the anniversary of the June 28, 2009 coup d’etat that set in motion a decade of political crises, violence, mass protests, militarisation and repression. (Orlando Sierra / AFP / Getty Images). Ten years later, the government of President Juan Orlando Hernandez has instituted a crackdown on protesters, and Hondurans continue to flee by the thousands every month. Articles are … The MEU has been leading the student movement mainly through calling for large-scale student mobilization. All this while unleashing a torrent of privatization attempts against the most vulnerable people. Ten years after coup, Hondurans flee amid violence and repression ... 28 Jun 2019 Tapachula ... By 2010, Honduras had the highest per capita homicide rate … Thousands of Hondurans have fled the country in recent months as a government crackdown on protests continues. They asked for Garcia by name and came back more than once to ask for him. Now, a student movement has emerged to challenge the government’s agenda of privatization and militarization. Preliminary November 2017 results revealed Nasralla had a five-point lead, but after the election data transmission system went offline and back on, Hernandez quickly made up the difference and became the official winner amid widespread allegations of election fraud. Across the diversity of the student movement is one common desire: verdadera representación (true representation). Posted at 4:12 23 Dec 2019 4:12 23 Dec 2019 Honduras suffers second deadly prison riot in days At least 16 inmates are killed in fighting between gangs, two days after 18 died in another jail. In plain words, “estan jodiendo a nosotros” (“they’re fucking us”). Get a $20 discounted print subscription today! The key battleground has been the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) in the capital, Tegucigalpa. Our new issue – asking whether the US is a failed state – is out now. ... 2019 … Throughout much of the post-coup era, Garcia and his siblings were just trying to survive. Zelaya reflects on that coup, what … Garcia wanted to request asylum in Mexico, he told officials at the border. Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America, according to the CIA World Factbook. At least three protesters were killed last week alone. Once in Mexico, he contacted relatives to ask for a copy of his father’s death certificate, a case linked to the death threats that forced him to flee years later. Currently Juan Orlando Hernández is the head of state of the country. The 2019 Honduran Cup will be the 14th edition of the Honduran Cup and the fifth as Copa Presidente. In January 2018, President Juan Orlando Hernández announced that the Special Commission for Police Reform Restructuring would extend its mandate through January 2019. Tapachula, Mexico – Maical Garcia carried almost no belongings when he fled Honduras earlier this month. The student movement is diverse, accommodating a range of ideologies and tactics. Armed men began showing up this year at the mechanic shop where Garcia worked, hoping to afford to finish his post-secondary studies in public health administration. Today marks the tenth anniversary of the US-backed coup that overthrow the elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, who was dragged out of … But popular resistance to this agenda has been strong. He never thought it would cost him his life,” he said. On Monday, military police entered the capital city campus of the National Autonomous University of Honduras and opened fire on student protesters, sending at least four to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Clinton has defended the US role in the coup by arguing that to declare it a “coup” would have forced the United States to cut off all aid to the country, ultimately hurting the Honduran people. Following an immigration deal with the United States, Mexico has been ramping up border militarisation and a crackdown on migrants. With the recent revelation that the president has been involved in drug trafficking with his brother — who is currently under arrest in the United States — “to maintain and enhance their power,” Honduras is on the precipice of becoming a narco-state. On May 19, 2009, Garcia Manueles was shot in the head. | Source: Andina Now, a student movement has emerged to challenge the government’s agenda of privatization and militarization. Ten years have passed since the democratically elected center-right president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was removed in a military coup. Emboldened by Washington’s unequivocal support of the 2009 coup and the fraudulent 2017 election, as well as the 2015 constitutional change to allow presidential reelection, Hernández knows he is safe to apply a whatever-means-necessary approach to the mass protests that are now beginning to radicalize and call for his resignation. 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