Delegation Report – Day 5
Tonight, our last night in Honduras, a World Cup qualifying game is taking place here between Honduras and the U.S. Another alert has been raised; we’ve received reports that while the eyes of a large part of the country are focused on the game, more scaffolding has been put up around the embassy tonight, with more snipers.
In the news today, the Micheletti regime has imposed a decree stating that “the frequencies of radio or television stations may be canceled if they transmit messages that incite national hate and the destruction of public property.” It allows officials to monitor and control broadcasts that “attack national security.” (Associated Press, Oct. 10)
The two main resistance stations, Channel 36 and Radio Globo, were shut down by the Micheletti regime when President Zelaya returned to the country on Sept. 21; this new decree is yet another attempt to silence the resistance movement.
We had a number of informative and inspiring meetings today with feminists and other women in the resistance movement; young students at a school for revolutionary theory; and Juan Barahona, the representative from the National Resistance Front at the OAS negotiations.
But by far the highlight of the day was the protest we attended in one of the barrios, a community just outside of Tegucigalpa. The protest was smaller than the ones we’ve attended in Tegucigalpa but no less militant. Once again, the police showed up in massive numbers, lining the sides of the streets with their large shields, gas masks and batons. At this protest, however, the ultimate form of defiance to the police occurred when the music was cranked up and, singing and laughing, people started dancing in the streets. When we gave our hugs goodbye this time, it was with love and sadness that we had to leave our new comrades in the struggle.
There’s so much more to tell about this fact-finding solidarity mission that hasn’t been said in these late-night, exhausted posts. We plan to give report-backs and hope that everyone can attend to get the bigger picture about the situation in Honduras, and provide their solidarity to the struggle there.
What seems clearer than clear is that the resistance movement is highly organized, politically nuanced and united. We have been told time and time again that the struggle in Honduras is for more than the restitution of President Zelaya; it’s for a new society, one that provides for all and not just the few.
While nobody was willing to predict which way the struggle will go, the confidence that they would succeed was overwhelming. In a situation that many described as a laboratory, a practice ground for the U.S. and the corporations to commit coups against other left-leaning Latin America governments, the price of failure is far too great.
The Honduran people need and deserve the support of people in the U.S. and around the world. ¡Viva la resistencia hondurena!