Honduras: Military Dictatorship Never Again!

Masked soldiers of the Honduran army forcibly entered the residence of President Zelaya on Sunday morning, kidnapping him and forcing him to leave the country (he is currently in Costa Rica). The military then declared that Zelaya has resigned his post, and proceeded to assign a new president, with the rubber stamp of the „congress.“

This newest in the already long and painful list of Latin American military coups comes as Hondurans were getting ready to participate in a referendum which would open the way for a constitutional change allowing presidents to be elected for more than one term, which is the current limit. Zelaya was seeking this change, in order to use a second term to continue to push ahead with progressive and social reforms.
Clearly, a left of center President and his program of reforms is not quite the road that will lead to the destruction of state and capitalism. However, much as is the case with the current process in Venezuela, or even the case of Cuba, we cannot help but feel identified with the plight of the many in this country with over 70% of its population living in poverty who put their hopes into this path to at least a better life in Honduras, thus breaking decades of dominance on behalf of military juntas and right-wing elites.
We in Latin America know full well what military dictatorship means and what dangers this implies for those engaged in social struggles. We also have learned very well through decades of experience who benefits from these dictatorships, and who lends the support to make them possible. For this reason, we should extend the working class of Honduras our total solidarity in this new fight and hope that, just as was the case in Venezuela a few years ago, this newest military uprising is quickly isolated and defeated.

-El Pueblo Armado, Jamas Sera Explotado
-Milicos al Paredon
-Por la Revolucion, La Unidad Latinoamericana, y el Comunismo Libertario

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