FIST statement on the Honduran coup
Posted by raleighfist on October 1, 2009
Fight Imperialism Stand Together sends a special message to the youth of Honduras and the United States:
In the early morning on June 28, 2009, the democratically elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was kidnapped at gunpoint Honduran military personnel, placed on an airplane and deported from the country.
The people of Honduras immediately protested the coup and built a movement to demand Zelaya’s return. The right-wing forces plotted against Zelaya in retaliation for progressive measures he supported such as a 60 percent increase in the minimum wage, partnership with the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), and the struggle to hold elections for a Constituent Assembly.
His “crimes” are of the type that would only draw the ire of ruling elites, their lackeys and the interests of imperialist countries, to whom the ruling elite of Honduras are beholden.
Since that early Sunday morning at the presidential residence in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, the people in Honduras have risen up to confront a coup regime that has grown more intransigent and repressive in face of the national resistance and international condemnation.
The National Resistance Front Against the Coup and others have organized general strikes and mass mobilizations to overturn the coup government and return Zelaya to power. Hundreds of thousands of people have converged on the streets, blocked roads and faced off against a military that has responded with brutal force, leading to dozens being killed.
Lately the coup government has suspended the constitution and surrounded the Brazilian Embassy, where President Manuel Zelaya is holed up. While the people of Honduras rise up in defense of their president and their civil liberties, the government is raiding the offices of social organizations, the media and private homes to instill terror and to beat back the militant struggle.
The coup is intended to intimidate the progressive and revolutionary movements throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. The U.S. demonstrated its support for this intimidation when the Pentagon invited the Honduran coup regime to participate in joint military maneuvers.
The response of the current U.S. administration has been soft and contradictory at times. Meanwhile the School of the Americas (SOA) continues to operate with impunity. Gen. Romeo Vasquez, commander of the Honduran armed forces, attended SOA. In addition, the head of the Air Force, Gen. Luis Javier Prince Suazo attended SOA as well, along with a number of other military heads.
Fight Imperialism Stand Together calls upon the left and revolutionary movement in the U.S., particularly young workers and students, to support the people of Honduras in their struggle against the coup.
The youth and students, workers, elderly, all of Honduran society is engaged and it is the duty of the U.S. movement to support the movement there and call on the U.S. to withdraw all support for the coup regime and allow for Zelaya’s full and immediate return.
All Power to the People of Honduras!
Long Live International Solidarity!
Fight Imperialism Stand Together!