28 June 2009
*The article below is abridged from a June 24 statement by the Civic
Council of People?s and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH).*
COPINH condemns before national and world public opinion the attempted coup
launched during the night of June 24 against the constitutional government
of Manuel Zelaya Rosales and the Honduran people and its most important
This action is a desperate response by right-wing forces and their allies
to frustrate the people?s will to find a democratic path for national
transformation. The reactionary right wing has been desperately trying to
block steps towards the creation of a constituent assembly to draw up a new
This drive toward a coup was planned and carried out through collaboration
between the fascist National Congress, the lords of the communication media,
the ministry of public safety, the country?s strongest businessmen, and the
Armed Forces, who have acted in open defiance of government decisions.
We therefore denounce the army for playing a role similar to that of the
1980s, when it was an agency for destabilisation and repression.
This campaign won support from some sectors of the Evangelical and Catholic
hierarchy, who have encouraged, justified, and acted as middlemen for the
We also denounce the interference and involvement of the US government and
its ambassador to Honduras. Told in advance of these actions, they quit the
country, and called on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and
other institutions under their influence to do the same.
This clearly shows their complicity with the pro-coup forces.
We call on the ranks of COPINH and the Honduran people as a whole, whether
or not they are organised, to mobilise in their communities, villages, or
cities, to express their defiance and indignation. We call on them not to be
intimidated by the terrorist media campaign unleashed against the people?s
desire for a new country with justice and equity.
We call on the international community to speak out decisively against this
attack on the Honduran people, and to express its solidarity with the people
and support for their human rights.
We call for intensification of the organised struggle to establish a
constituent assembly now, at this historic juncture for our homeland.
COPINH recognises Zelaya as the only constitutional president of the
republic and rejects any ?substitute? imposed by imperialist power.
With the power of our ancestors, we raise our voices for life, justice,
dignity, liberty and peace.
Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras
COPINH was founded in 1993, focusing on the ecological and cultural
well-being of the Lenca people of the highlands of western Honduras. The
organization?s activities include community organizing and peaceful protest,
and its efforts have led to the creation of new municipal governments in
indigenous-majority regions and the establishment of health and education
services for indigenous people.
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