Honduras

Blows forge a stronger social movement in Honduras
“Honduras has a vibrant history of protest, but the state’s response to opposition movements has largely relied on co-optation, coupled with more intermittent brutal repression by the military…. Many Hondurans, inspired by the power of the resistance movements to challenge the legitimacy of the coup government [following the ouster of President Manuel Zelaya in 2009] are also organizing in their communities with a more acute sense of the interconnectedness of their struggles against state-sponsored killings, institutionalized homophobia and sexism, neoliberal capitalism, and other forms of structural and political violence, and for land, water, food, health care and other forms of justice, as part of refounding the nation so that Hondurans’ future will be one with dignity and without fear.”

—Adrienne Pine, from the introduction to the
Honduras chapter of Until the Rulers Obey

Supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya trapped near the Nicaraguan border as they attempt to accompany their president back to Tegucigalpa in July 2009. Photo by Clifton Ross.
Supporters of ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya trapped near the Nicaraguan border as they attempt to accompany their president back to Tegucigalpa in July 2009. Photo by Clifton Ross.

Nery Rodríguez, middle-school teacher
Interview by Clifton Ross, July 2009; translation by Margi Clarke
“Zelaya promoted the people’s interests more than any other president.”

Nurses in Resistance
Interview and translation by Adrienne Pine, July 2010
“We collaborated on the human part, from the commitment we have to our vocation.”

Sara Hernández, Unified Campesino Movement of Aguán
interview and translation by Adrienne Pine, April 2012
“They say we are guerrilleros, we have heavy weapons—but we are barely able to feed our children.”

Ricardo/Gay activist, FNRP (National People’s Resistance Front) member, now in exile
“The coup regime had not anticipated that the people would become united.”
Interview and translation by members of Solidarity With Honduras, Manchester, UK: Dominic McCann, Juliette, Steve Sinacola, and Jo Haydock, March 2010