MADRE Denounces the Military Coup d'Etat in Honduras
Posted on: Monday, June 29, 2009
A military coup on Sunday morning ousted the democratically-elected Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who is nearing the end of his term. He was forced from the country the day of a referendum on extending term-limits from one term to two. When news of the coup broke, grassroots organizations of Honduras took to the streets to demand the reinstatement of the President and received a brutal response from the military.
As our friends at Via Campesina point out, "The government of President Zelaya has defended the rights of working people and peasant farmers, has joined the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (ALBA), and in general has implemented policies that have been positive for Honduran peasant and family farmers."
The coup is led by big farm interests in Honduras who want government policies that favor multi-national corporations rather than the country's poor majority.
MADRE joins Latin American leaders and civil society in denouncing the illegal coup d'etat.