Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Blaring Impunity: Unrelenting Assassinations of Honduran Journalists, the Government Remains all but Quiescen

From the US think-tank Council on Hemispheric Affairs (11 October, 2011)

As always, but with an unusual quota of aggression since 2010, freedom of speech and the personal security of Honduran journalists are under permanent attack from groups, gangs, and individuals who launch their strikes under a cloak of anonymity. The journalist Medardo Flores, a relentless supporter of former President Manuel Zelaya, is the latest victim of the wave of violence directed toward members of the Honduran working press. With all the disrespect attributable to the government of Porfirio Lobo, as demonstrated here, it is not unreasonable to presume that the perpetrators, along with their underlying political motives, want to silence such journalists at any cost.

Sunday, 2 October 2011

FNRP Communiqué regarding the integration of the political movements within the electoral-political instrument

1 OCT 2011 FNRP
The National Coordination and Political Committee of the National Front of People’s Resistance, at a meeting held in Tegucigalpa on Thursday, September 29, 2011, reached the following agreements:

It will integrate all political forces and movements which deem suitable for the Re-Foundation and National Constituent Assembly projects for the Honduras that FNRP proposes.

The organized political expressions, such as the Liberal Resistance Movement June 28, and other movements must be incorporated into the organization within two weeks, in order to meet the deadlines set by law in the Supreme Electoral Tribunal.

The Political Commission of FNRP must in this case reach these agreements and draft the regulations.

We resist and we will win!

National Front of People’s Resistance
Tegucigalpa September 29, 2011

Source: FNRP

Hondurans celebrate another inspiring `September 15’

23 SEPT 2011
Independence parade consolidates new national identity in Honduras

"We do not celebrate independence, about that there is nothing to celebrate, we want a new nation, and we have changed the meaning of this day," said one participant, "the people will conquer power with the broad front" claimed others.

On September 15, as it has become tradition for the Honduran resistance, estimations stated that the number of protesters reached between one and two million people nationwide. In Tegucigalpa alone, two hours after the aperture of the parade, caravans were still leaving the departure point. This is the third year that the Honduran resistance flies its flag of freedom, for a “wanted independence”.

Resolutions of the "Seeds of Liberty" Extraordinary Assembly

The Second Extraordinary Assembly of the National Front of People’s Resistance “Seeds of Freedom" , held in Tegucigalpa, was attended by delegates from all departments, the 19th department and representatives of social and political organizations that are part of the FNRP.
The Assembly focused on the approval of the Declaration of Principles, the Statutes and a FARP Flag, these are requirements for registration of the Broad Front of People’s Resistance in the Supreme Electoral Tribunal.
After extensive discussion, debate and presentation of some motions of reform the Assembly agreed the following:
1. Approval of the Declaration of Principles. (read in Spanish)
2. To create a Committee of Style to be responsible to review, edit and implement the reforms solicited by the Assembly for the Statutes and the Declaration of Principles of the Broad Front of People’s Resistance (FARP). (Statutes in Spanish)
3. Approval of the flag of the FARP, which shall be rectangular with red background, in the center of the flag stands the acronyms of FARP in black lowercase letters, and with a four vertices star in white at the right side.
Source: FNRP

Monday, 19 September 2011

Porfirio Lobo launches crackdown on Trade Unions

17th September 2011

With the massive layoffs of state workers organized into several unions, the regime of Porfirio Lobo advances its clear and violent anti-union escalation following a strategy to reverse labour and social conquests of the Honduran people, in order to weaken the birth of the Broad Front of People's Resistance (FARP), declared Juan Barahona, President of the Sub FUTH and coordinator of the National Front of People's Resistance (FNRP). 

Police & Military Attack Protestors in Tocoa, During Pro-Independence Parade

16 September 2011

The national independence day celebration of September 15th was an excuse for an attack in the city of Tocoa, Colon, militarization center of Bajo Aguán.
As in the two previous years, the National People's Resistance Front (FNRP) called for peaceful public protests throughout the country. Tocoa was by no means the only site of protest, but as had occurred in previous years , the military and police forces dedicated themselves to the task of repression in the interest of silencing the voices that denounced them and demanded justice facing the situation of violence against the organized campesino population of this region of the country. This violence has increased in recent days with the massive presence of soldiers in the region and with the murders of various recognized regional agrarian leaders.

Emmo: A Resistance Symbol Killed

8th September 2011
The FNRP holds the Honduran State responsible for the act 

Tegucigalpa. September 7, 2011. This day during the afternoon the tragic death of a member of the National Front of People’s Resistance was announced. A naturalized Honduran Mahadeo Roopchand Sadloo Sadloo, better known as Emo, who after returning from a FNRP rally was attacked on the visitors area of his own retailing business.

Honduras radio reporter killed - the 16th journalist assassinated

13th September 2011
Radio reporter Medardo Flores became the 16th journalist murdered in Honduras over the past 18 months when his car was sprayed with bullets on Thursday. He was ambushed while driving from his small farm to Puerto Cortes on the Caribbean coast.
Flores, 50, worked for Radio Uno and was also a noted supporter of the country's ousted former president Manuel Zelaya.

Public safety has been hit hard in Honduras since the June 2009 coup that ousted Zelaya and later saw the election as president of Porfirio Lobo.

Sixteen journalists have been killed in Honduras since February 2010.

Arnulfo Aguilar, Radio Uno's director, told the local press that Flores spent the 1980s in exile "to escape from persecution by the repressive forces of the state".

Source: Ticotimes

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Massive Turnout for Zelaya Launches New Chapter of Honduran Struggle

'Largest gathering in Honduran history' receives deposed leader's return, but where to now for Honduran resistance movement?

More at The Real News

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Zelaya's return to Honduras: victory for Latin American and Honduran democracy

May 31, 2011
''Si se pudo!', 'Si se pudo!' ('It could be done!', 'It could be done!') was the slogan chanted by the huge crowds that poured into Honduras' capital city, Tegucigalpa, on May 28, 2011, to give a rapturous welcome to 'Mel', Manuel Zelaya, the democratically-elected president of the country until a brutal military coup deposed him on 28 June, 2009.
For nearly two years, a mass movement of the people of Honduras has been on the streets to oppose the coup and challenge the de-facto regime established after the ousting of Zelaya. They have paid a heavy price in loss of life, imprisonment, torture and repression. Yet, the mass movement, led and organised by the Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular (FNPR), have managed to expose the shaky bases of the current government, which in elections held under conditions of military dictatorship in November 2010, won Porfirio Lobo the presidency.