Honduran coup

Submitted by Newcastle on 16 July, 2009 - 8:30

Protests have been organised around the world to demand the reinstatement as president of Honduras of Manuel (Mel) Zelaya, ousted in a coup on 28 June. A protest outside the Honduran embassy in London on 29 June drew about 50, many of them from the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign, and from Unite union’s south-east regional office.

Zelaya, although from the neoliberal Liberal Party, has angered the establishment in Honduras by supporting measures to alleviate poverty. Honduras ranks 117th in the world on the Human Development Index (HDI), while, by comparison, Costa Rica ranks 42nd, Mexico 55th, and Brazil 65th.

The trigger for the coup was Zelaya’s organisation of a referendum that would allow him another term as president. The military have begun cracking down on protests calling for Zelaya’s return to Honduras. There is a media black out.

For more background see http://www.solidarity-us.org/hondurascoup

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