Against the Coup in Honduras!
Submitted to the National Antiwar Conference Held at La
On June 28, the U.S.-trained Honduran army deposed the elected president of that nation, Manuel Zelaya, waking him in the dead of night, abducting him from his bed in the presidential palace, and expelling him to Costa Rica, where he held a press conference in his pajamas alerting the world to the coup. The coup has been denounced by the Organization of American States and by virtually every nation on earth.
U.S. State Department officials — both civilian and
military — have admitted that they were well aware that a coup was being
plotted within Honduras, as they had been participating in high-level
discussions between the Honduran Congress, military, and president in the weeks
leading up to the Zelaya overthrow. But the American
The Pentagon has maintained a constant presence in the
country, where its Joint Task Force Bravo for the Southern Command coordinates
joint exercises with Central American militaries. The
It is becoming increasingly clear that while the U.S. government seeks to give the appearance of working to isolate the Micheletti regime in Honduras — and endorsing similar efforts in the United Nations and the Organization of American States — it is privately setting terms on Zelaya’s return to power. The Obama Administration has notably declined to join the call for Zelaya’s “unconditional” restoration to power, instead advocating “negotiations” with the coup-makers on the terms of the democratically- elected president’s return.
The National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan
Wars and Occupations, consistent with its position on the right of oppressed
nations to self-determination and opposition to U.S. intervention, condemns the
coup d’etat in Honduras and stands in solidarity with
the Honduran workers and farmers as they organize mass street mobilizations and
political mass strikes to thwart the illegal government of Robert Micheletti. We support self-determination for the people of
The National Assembly stands in solidarity with the