As you may have heard, Manuel Zelaya has returned to Honduras and is in the Brazilian embassy. The government has responded to wide spread protests by imposing a curfew that has been extended repeatedly. Andrew Clouse, a friend of mine serving with MCC in Honduras, has a eye opening reminder of how devastating a curfew can be for those with only enough money to buy food a day at a time. From his post, Laying Siege:
Consider that many people here live day to day, buying only what they need for the day because it is all they can afford. Additionally, many people depend on the wages they receive every single day selling tortillas, fruit, vegetables, housewhares, etc., in order to buy the food they need. If everyone is in curfew, they don’t sell. Add to that the fact that many of the corner stores where many people buy their rice and beans are running out of food, because the distribution trucks are not allowed on the streets. This is after only one day.
Supposedly, the curfew is supposed to be ending right about now (6 am Honduras time). It seems like the situation is at boiling point and the future of the coup government will be decided in the next 24 hours or so.
I’ve been following the coup in Honduras and the resistance to it quite closely this summer, although I haven’t written much about it since I didn’t feel like I had much original to say. I still don’t have anything profound, but I do have accumulated links, images and videos that you might find interesting.
I’ve been surprised by the ambivalence expressed in the few pieces I’ve found in the Mennonite press (for example, No good side in the coup). On the other hand, I’ve been getting non-stop invitations to join emergency delegations from Latin American solidarity groups (Read one delegation report here) as well as Action alerts urging me to call my representatives (one from two days ago).
If you’re interested in getting a good overview of the popular resistance the coup, I recommend this news report from Real News (via Jeremy at the Quixote center). Aside from the nastiness of the coup leaders tactics, the key message seems to be that a wide swath of Hondurans have engaged with the resistance the coup. And its not just about Zelaya:
It appears that, whether or not Zelaya returns to power, the wide spread movement against the coup will have changed the Honduran political landscape for ever. What do you all think? What have you been reading?
Update: Here’s an excellent news report from Realnews.com on the last 48 hours of developments. These are the same folks who did the video above. One key point they make is pointing out why amnesty for the coup planners is not acceptable to the coup resistance. Turns out the coup leaders are the same people who got amnesty for their human rights violations in the 90’s: