Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Statement of Courage: Why a Honduran Woman Still Resists the Coup


It is confusing and painful to me that events in Iran receive so much attention and coverage by the mainstream media while the dramatic Honduran military coup and mammoth popular resistance to it is almost ignored.


The following statement was hastily translated and provided to me by Carlos Marentes, a US citizen and member of Via Campesina, who traveled to Honduras to accompany the people's resistance last weekend. I hope you'll read it:


TESTIMONY OF WENDY CRUZ OF THE HONDURAN PEASANT MOVEMENT


Sisters and brothers of the World,I write this testimony with my eyes full of tears and a sadden heart after an intensive day of struggle with my sisters and brothers of Honduras.


I am a woman from a humble family. I am a peasant. I have gained my militancy and class consciousness along with the peasants who work every day under the hot sun, and who see no future for their sons and daughters who have to migrate to other countries seeking better living conditions because in our country, Honduras, the bipartisan political system (Liberals and Nationalists have shared the power for more than 100 years) the majority live in extreme poverty, neglected, without access to health, to a dignified home, without access to a piece of land because the national oligarchy owns the whole country and have pushed 90 per cent of the population into extreme poverty and social exclusion.


Today, Sunday July 5, we have completed eight days of peaceful resistance. Today we marched, more than 500 thousand persons in the city of Tegucigalpa towards the airport of Toncontín, with the expectation of welcoming president Manuel Zelaya Rosales. While us where waiting the arrival of our president, the army started to shoot us with tear gases and real bullets. Three Honduran were killed only because they were demanding peace and the right to live in a country with real civic participation, and not the false democracy we have been living for 100 years. The dead persons included 21 year old, Isis Oveth, from the village "Alde de Santa Cruz", Guayape, municipality of Olancho and another young man, Alexis Zavala is among the many persons who were badly injured by the army' repression.


Alter the violent attack I was afraid to be arrested by the police because we have a curfew and by the time we escaped the repression it was already night, past the curfew hours. But despite the repression, my spirit is stronger, because I have the dream that one day my son (15 years old) and my daughter (10 years old) and all the future generations will enjoy a country with equality, equity and more than that, a day when all of us will be the actors of our destiny.


I would like to tell all the men and women of the World who have expressed solidarity with our struggle, that all of us in Honduras are determined to achieve VICTORY and to restore the legitimate government of our president Manuel Zelaya in the memory of the martyrs of this Sunday July 5, 2009.


Long live the martyrs for the defense of our rights to be actors of our own destiny!


Long live ISIS OVETH and all the brothers killed today!


WE ARE HONDURAN PEOPLE AND WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO LIVE IN PEACE IN A TRUE DEMOCRACY!


GLOBALIZE THE STRUGGLE, GLOBALIZE HOPE!


THANKS TO THE WORLD FOR THEIR GREAT SOLIDARITY...THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES BECAUSE AS EMILIANO ZAPATA SAID: "IT'S BETTER TO DIE ON YOUR FEET THAN TO LIVE ON YOUR KNEES FOREVER!"


Tegucigalpa, MDC. Honduras, C.A., July 5, 2009.

7 comments:

claire bangasser said...

You are right, one does not hear much about it.
On a French radio station this morning, some journalists and specialists were talking of the drug trafficking in Honduras, with the corruption reaching all segments of the nation, and the major drop in remittances coming from the US. (It was mentioned that 1 out of 7 Honduran lives in the US).
Otherwise, the man leading the coup had been trained by the SOA... This is about all I know.
Thank you for keeping this alive on your blog!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

This is a powerful statement. She speaks the Truth as I perceive it.

I believe that one of teh reason there is less media coverage for the Honduran situation is the primary action to return President Manuel Zelaya to office is being taken by the O.A.S. and neither the United States or any of the European powers is involved.

I rather believe that the O.A.S. should be the ones dealing with the coup. The strong arms of Uncle Sam or the E.U. would only screw things up further.

My I also suggest that the media has not spent more time covering the riots in either Iran or China. The primary media coverage seems to me to be centered on the death and funeral of Michael Jackson!

The latest report I have read is that both Zelaya and Micheletti are in San Jose, where President Oscar Arias of Costa Rica and the 987 Nobel Peace Prize Laurette is meeting with then in an attempt tomediate the Honduran sitaution. That sounds like excellent news to me!

Mimi Lenox said...

That was powerful. The events in Iran are tragic but certainly not the only unrest needing attention.
I cannot imagine the life this woman must endure. I admire her courage and pray for a speedy resolution not for her children, but for herself.

Carol said...

Thanks Billie.

Emiliano Zapata's quote at the end struck me deeply.

I hope for peace and freedom for all people.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I just read what I wrote above and am embarrassed by my typos! I hope my meaning got through.

Randal Graves said...

It is confusing

Because Iran remains part of, if quietly, the Axis of Evil® whereas Latin America only serves our journalistic purpose if there's a direct threat against our Glorious Nation®, like something to do with the manufacture of clothing.

Maithri said...

My dear friend,

How great to be able to read your powerful posts once again, thank you for always turning our eyes to the things we need to see,

With love, Maithri