Honduras Marks 8 Years Since US-Backed Coup Against Zelaya
Telesur, June 28, 2017
Democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya was forcefully removed from power on June 28, 2009.
Wednesday marked eight years since coup against former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. His removal, supported by the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama, was carried out by the Honduran military and oligarchy.
In 2009, Zelaya arranged plans to hold a popular consultation to convene a national constituent assembly with the intention of amending the constitution of 1981. The move was intended to empower historically-marginalized groups — like Black, Indigenous and workers.
Zelaya also began forging ties with progressive Latin American governments — like Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Cuba and Bolivia — while joining the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, ALBA.
By June 28, high ranking army officials received orders issued by the Supreme Court to detain Zelaya. The military complied with the measure and transferred him, by force, to Costa Rica.
Zelaya’s removal was condemned by many in the international community. Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was one of the fiercest critics of the coup, calling on world leaders to cut relations with the unelected government.
In 2010, Zelaya was allowed to return to Honduras, a country that plunged into rampant violence following the coup. Since then, hundreds of social activists and dozens of journalists have been killed by right-wing death squads.
The coup also gave birth to the National Popular Resistance Front and the Liberty and Refoundation Party, leftist organizations which continue to fight the right-wing government.
Здешние политиканы, «эксперты», подконтрольные ЦРУ СМ»И» нахваливают псевдодемократическую Америку.
Те, кто любит «наших американских партнеров», «забывают» о грязных, злых уродах США. О таких монстрах, как коварный и крайне опасный мошенник, расист, лжец, неофашист и убийца Дональд Трамп. И о таких, как порочный Конгресс, кровавые милитаристы США, нацистские ФБР — ЦРУ, лживые американские СМ”И”…
Арнольд Локшин, политэмигрант из США