Emergency Situation in Honduras

International Action Center



ALERT:  EMERGENCY SITUATION IN HONDURAS

DEMONSTRATION WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 IN NEW YORK CITY
TAKES ON GREATER URGENCY

ACTIONS IN FRONT OF U.S. GOVERNMENT OFFICES URGED

CALL THE WHITE HOUSE AND STATE DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY TO DEMAND AN END TO THE REPRESSION AND THE MICHELETTI FRAUD GOVERNMENT

President Manuel Zelaya, who was deposed on June 28 by a right-wing pro-U.S. coup, has returned home to his beloved country. Reports indicate that he is secure at the Brazilian embassy. His return is a victory for the people of Honduras and is a direct result of their non-stop and daily struggle for over 80 days.
There is however, currently a very dangerous situation in the country that demands the immediate solidarity from the movement in the U.S.

The illegal government of Roberto Micheletti is carrying out a violent wave of repression at this very moment.

Blogs report: “TeleSur is showing images of uniformed National Police members, with billy clubs, shields, helmets and guns, surrounding the zone near the Brazilian Embassy, apparently to close access to the area, blocking anti-coup demonstrators from entering or leaving. The network is also broadcasting live images, from Channel 36, of two helicopters circling over the Embassy.”

The internet and cell phone signals have been blocked hindering the people and the movement from getting information out about the repression.

People in Honduras report that at 5:20 in the morning a wave of repression began against the people gathered around the Brazilian Embassy. The Micheletti government has thrown tear gas and other tools of repression have been used.  One blogger stated:”The fascist repression is upon us.”

Another Honduran reports: “Just like Mel (President Zelaya) was able to get to the Brazilian embassy after being exiled, every Honduran should get to Tegucigalpa from whatever part of Honduras they are at.”

An unidentified individual told Radio Globo “We urge the International Community to come and count the dead.” They went on to say that the Resistance is not afraid and will not give up.

People from a neighborhood called Kennedy in Tegucigalpa declared massive civil disobedience and do not recognize any tax imposed by the coup government. They have taken to the streets in a massive spontaneous march that began at 9:30 at night and ended later that night.

The march started with a few dozen and ended with 3,000 in one neighborhood alone.

Solidarity with the people of Honduras more urgent than ever.

The IAC urges everyone to take part in an emergency alert. Here are some things you can do:

1)      If you are in NYC take part at the demonstration Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 5-7pm in front of the Honduran Embassy 48th St. and 1st Ave. If you are outside NYC, organize an emergency action in your city.

2)      Call the White House and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton immediately and demand an end to the repression

3)      Support the work of the IAC by giving a generous donation.  You can donate online at http://iacenter.org/donate/

4)      The IAC is organizing a solidarity delegation to Honduras from October 7 through October 11 to participate in a Solidarity conference organized by the National Front of the Resistance. You can support this delegation with messages of solidarity or by inviting Hondurans and the other delegates to report back on that conference or with a donation.

SOLIDARITY WITH THE RESISTANCE AND PEOPLE OF HONDURAS!

END THE REPRESSION!

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