Ten Years After Coup in Honduras, Mobilizations of Native and Black People Persevere, Make Demands

Ten years after the coup d’etat that brought down President Manuel Zelaya’s government, the consequences lived in the country still generate serious conditions for social coexistence, legality and even the viability of functions of the national state. Members of the Indigenous and Black Organizations of Honduras (COPINH / OFRANEH), have suffered the most from the persecution, repression, murder of their leaders, and permanent harassment after the coup d’etat. The aggressions have been destined to create conditions so that the economic allies of the government take control of the natural resources, threatening rivers, mountains and historical communities of the indigenous nationalities and native peoples. For years, they have called for the need to create alternatives to development.
  1. The demilitarization of public security, the territories, and eliminating the Public Order Military Police (PMOP).
  2. Repeal of the Law of Declassification of Public Documents Related to Defense and Security (Law of Secrets) and the approval of the Law of Effective Collaboration to make effective the fight against corruption and impunity and the punishment of corrupt people of the highest level.
  1. Respect for the autonomy of indigenous and black peoples and strict compliance with the ILO Convention 169.
  2. Cancellation of all contracts and decrees for the concession of common natural assets to establish territories free of extractivism and the privatization of public goods and services.
  3. Repeal of all laws and decrees that curtail the labor and social rights of the working class and the issuance of a Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Law.
  4. Declare the current regime unconstitutional, and demand an effective and safe process for a prompt return to the constitutional order.
The actions undertaken in the context of Indigenous Resistance Day have been conceived as a long-term journey, to help create greater alliances and build a civilian solution to the crisis generated by the succession of authoritarian and illegitimate governments. These actions take particular importance in the face of accusations that the governments that took ovre after the coup d’etat are linked to drug trafficking. In recent days, during a trial of President Juan Orlando Hernández’s brother (arrested in the US for drug trafficking), evidence emerged that the president of Honduras had received money from drug trafficking for bribes. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in 2009 Honduras became a central point of drug trafficking for the entire continent. Within the context of the commemoration of the Day of Indigenous Resistance, October 12, the original Honduran peoples have established a series of resistance actions, fighting to create resilience, in protection of the Pacha Mama, water, land and territories. FOR MORE INFORMATION: COPINH  and their blog in English OFRANEH and their blog in English Coordinadora Indígena del Poder Popular de Honduras