Report from Day 2: “The resistance here is amazing, and inspiring, and most of all, unstoppable.”
HONDURAS TRIP, DAY TWO
URGENT: We just heard there is an emergency occurring at the Brazilian embassy. Tonight they have erected two scaffold and placed two snipers on it—one a member of the police, the other of the army. They have also set up speakers and are sending out commands and making animal sounds, terrifying the people. The National Resistance Front has sent out an emergency email notice.
Day two of the U.S. Delegation in Solidarity with the Honduras Resistance began early. At 7 am, we traveled to the offices of the bottler’s union, which has become somewhat of a headquarters for the resistance movement here in Honduras. This morning, members of the many varied, yet unified, sectors of the resistance—Indigenous, campesinos, labor unions, women, religious figures, artists, writers, doctors, engineers, youth, and more—were meeting to be debriefed about the political situation and to plan next steps.
The level of organization was impressive and exciting, with representatives giving reportbacks on pertinent information. A representative reported on the negotiations with the Organization of American States—negotiations in which the resistance movement has a seat at the table. Others reported on the numbers of people injured at the hands of the state at various places throughout the country.
Next was another day of protest—this time, a march from the pedagogical university to the Clarion Hotel, where the OAS delegation was staying. The situation quickly became tense, with truck after truck of heavily armed, face-masked police and army forces arriving to surround protesters. We once again attended the march, carrying our banner identifying us as being from the U.S. This time, protestors stopped and clapped for us as we arrived; one woman directed as many members of the press as she could find to us.
Once again, we saw women on the frontlines of the struggle; one diminutive but clearly fierce woman was brought over to the delegation and introduced as “la abuela de la resistencia”—the grandmother of the resistance.
With the presence of international media, a U.S. delegation, and the OAS representatives, the government’s armed forces once again held off from attacking the crowd. However whether or not the attacks occur, it is clear that the resistance here has no intention of backing off. One of the chants often heard is “tienen miedos porque no tenemos miedos”–they are afraid because we are not afraid.
Later we returned to the bottler’s union for a meeting with religious leaders, who have organized themselves to resist the coup. The large churches, and particularly the Catholic church, has been supportive and even offered their blessings to the illegal, repressive Micheletti regime. But smaller churches have taken up the mantle of liberation theology and dedicated themselves, as one sister said, not just to theory, but to practice–in the streets with the people.
Lastly, the delegation met with Carlos H. Reyes, who was an independent candidate for president before the coup d’etat. He explained the nuances of the struggle in the streets to us—how the struggle is increasingly a struggle between the classes; how the masses are rapidly becoming politicized in the midst of this situation; and more.
We have decided that tomorrow we will pay a visit to the U.S. embassy and tell them our observations from this delegation. We are going even though they dodged our calls all day, transferring our call to voicemail over and over.
The resistance here is amazing, and inspiring, and most of all, unstoppable. We will keep you all posted with developments as soon as we can; and we will continue to stand in solidarity with them while we are here, and when we return.