GGJ Supports the Honduran People's Resistance in Boycotting November 29 Elections

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GGJ Supports the Honduran People's Resistance in Boycotting November 29 Elections

 Support for the Boycott is support for Honduran Democracy

 

 

Since the illegal military coup of June 28, 2009 that put dictator Roberto Micheletti in power, the Honduran people have endured systematic state-sponsored attacks on their democratic rights to assembly, protest, privacy and safety. 

 

Since the coup leaders seized power, military violence and repression have replaced the constitutional rule of law.  More than 30 people have been killed and hundreds more injured as the Honduran army and police, armed with significant training and resources from the US government, have followed the bloody directives of Micheletti and other coup leaders. 

 

Deposed President Zelaya wrote in a letter to President Obama:

 

“…3500 people detained in one hundred days, over 600 people beaten and injured in hospitals, more than a hundred murders and countless numbers of people subjected to torture directed against citizens who dare to oppose the regime and express their ideas about freedom and justice in peaceful demonstrations.”

 

And as the coup regime’s elections draw nearer, the state of oppression grows increasingly grim.  According to the Committee of Detained and Disappeared of Honduras (COFADEH), there is a new incursion of vehicles without license plates, darkened windows, driven by heavily armed agents with hooded faces into neighborhoods identified as allied with the Resistance against the coup and self declared as “free of political propaganda.” The military control advances and consolidates as Michelleti announces a “strategic departure” from the country between November 25th and December 2, 2009.

 

At stake now is not simply the immediate reinstatement of Zelaya, nor simply the nature of scheduled elections on November 29.  What’s at stake are the lives of the people who are struggling to restore order, the future of democracy in Honduras, and perhaps even the future of democracy for the region. 

 

As the coup government scrambles for legitimacy in the face of overwhelming resistance from the Honduran people as well as the majority of the international community, voices for Honduran democracy led by the National Resistance Front work to throw a wrench into the illegal steamrolling of rights unleashed by Micheletti's dictatorship. 

 

According to Bertha Caceres, Director of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH), the upcoming elections are essentially a sham set up to legitimize the coup regime.  She cites the example of the Electoral Tribunal assembling a delegation of international observers, all of whom had supported the coup, while the same army that has tortured and killed dissenters has also been given the power to oversee elections. 

 

Meanwhile, mass tear-gassing and beating of protesters has continued. The coup leaders have ensured that there will be no political space for opposition candidates to campaign nor for the expression of any dissident political opinion.  They have threatened to deal with election boycotters by throwing them into jail.  Clearly, conditions for holding free, fair and transparent elections do not exist.

 

All this converts the November election into an anti-democratic exercise under an uncertain state of lawlessness with military intimidation for large sections of our people…”  wrote Zelaya.

 

President Zelaya wrote these words as part of a declaration stating that he will not accept restitution at this late date in order to not be used to legitimize the elections.  This is in effect his clearest denunciation of the failed accord of Tegulcipalpa/San Jose, brokered by the US in an attempt to cast itself as problem-solvers and stabilizers in the region, which fell through because of Micheletti's refusal to comply with the reinstatement of Zelaya. 

 

The sham elections is only days away, but a growing tide of people are rising up to reject the process.   The National Resistance Front confirmed it could not participate in nor recognize the legitimacy of the Nov. 29th elections; Carlos H. Reyes a popular independent presidential candidate and leader of the trade union STIBYS, pulled out of the race on November 9 with 95% of his supporters endorsing this boycott; Brazil and El Salvador are 2 of 25 countries in the Rio Group who have declared that they will not recognize a government resulting from Honduran elections.

 

GGJ stands in solidarity with the people of Honduras and their allies in the international community, as they resist the savage repression of a military dictatorship, and fight to win real democracy and sovereignty for their country.

 

We call on GGJ members and allies to send official letters to Congressional representatives and President Obama demanding that the U.S. government take strong measures against the repressive coup government in Honduras, and whatever government may succeed it as a result of the electoral farce scheduled for Nov. 29th. These measures should include:

 

  • The U.S. government must denounce and refuse to recognize the results of the Nov. 29th elections or any electoral process organized under the repressive coup regime;
  • Immediately break off all political and economic ties with the coup government;
  • Recall the US ambassador;
  • Establish an economic embargo on all trade and aid to Honduras;
  • Freeze the U.S. bank accounts of the coup plotters and deny them visas for U.S. travel;
  • Shut down U.S. military bases in Honduras

 

We also call on GGJ members and allies to take action to stop the U.S. from sending election observers to legitimize the elections. Some of these election observers are from organizations that have supported the ouster of democratically elected presidents in Haiti and Venezuela in recent years. Write to your representatives in Congress, and ask them to oppose funding for sending observers to elections under the coup regime:

 

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/act/observers

 

GGJ will continue to develop its relationships with members of the National Resistance Front against the Coup, and to do its part in supporting a strong network of U.S. based allies working in mutual solidarity for democracy, peace and justice in Honduras.

 

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