Protest Vigil Against the Right-Wing Coup in Honduras
Reinstate Zelaya Now! The People Can Reverse the Coup!
This Wednesday, July 1, 6:00 pm
Honduran Consulate: 3550 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles 90010
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(2 blocks west of Normandie & the Red Line Metro station)
On Monday, activists hit the streets of Los Angeles and cities across the U.S. to protest the right-wing coup against Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. The coup took place a day earlier, the day of a scheduled referendum on constitutional reform. President Zelaya was arrested and forcibly exiled to Costa Rica. The protests here coincided with tens of thousands of Hondurans hitting the streets, despite a strict curfew, calling for Zelaya's reinstatement. The failed 2002 coup in Venezuela showed that the organized masses have the power to overturn the fascists' attempts to seize power.
The tide is turning. President Zelaya says he will return to Honduras on Thursday, despite threats of arrest. The working people of Honduras now have stronger allies than they did in the past. Latin America of today is different from that of the Cold War, or even from seven years ago when the coup was attempted against Hugo Chavez. The left-wing tide has allowed many countries to break with decades of neo-colonialism and set a more independent foreign policy.
There is a long and bloody history of CIA coups in Latin America. The Honduras coup comes in the same mold. There is no way these far-right elements in the Honduran military could have acted without the green light from some section of the U.S. government. But global outrage against the coup could change the calculations in Washington. President Obama was forced to call the coup "not legal," but so far has taken no other action.
It is up to activists and progressives in the Untied States to continue the struggle right here as our sisters and brothers in Honduras heroically battle the coup plotters in the streets. Come out to the Protest Vigil in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The people united can overturn the coup! Reinstate Manuel Zelaya!
Action sponsored by the Coalition for Peace and Democracy in Honduras, which includes the ANSWER Coalition, the FMLN-LA and many other organizations.
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