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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
aspirations.

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
constitution.

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
coup-like actions.

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.

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Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras
(COPINH)

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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EMERGENCY PROTEST MONDAY TELL THE US TO SUPPORT THE RETURN OF HONDURAN PRESIDENT

MONDAY, JUNE 29
4:30 PM
FEDERAL BUILDING, corner of 4th St & 4th Ave in Downtown Minneapolis

The democratically-elected President of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was kidnapped and taken to Costa Rica early this morning in a Military Coup by the rightist opposition. The people of Honduras have risen up in protest to demand the return of their president. US President Obama, along with the Organization of American States, has denied any participation by the US in the Coup, and has refused to recognize the legitimacy of self-sworn “president” Michelette. Please come to a protest tomorrow to demand that the US continue to reject the legitimacy of the government put in place by the coup, and to demand that Obama take a stronger stance in demanding the return of democratically-elected President Zelaya.

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PROTESTA URGENTE EL LUNES DIGA A LOS EE.UU. QUE APOYEN EL REGRESO DEL PRESIDENTE HONDURENO

LUNES, 29 DE JUNIO
4:30 PM
EDIFICIO FEDERAL, esquina con 4th St y 4th Ave en el Centro de Minneapolis

El Presidente elegido democraticamente de Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, fue secuestrado y llevado a Costa Rica hoy temprano en la manana durante un golpe de estado militar por la oposicion derechista. El pueblo de Honduras se ha levantado en protesta para exigir el regreso de su presidente. El Presidente Obama ha negado la participacion de los EE.UU. y, junto con la Organizacion de los Estados Americanos ha rechazado reconocer la legitimidad del “presidente” auto-declarado Michelette. Vengan por favor a una protesta manana para exigir que los EE.UU. sigue rechazando la legitimidad del gobierno hecho por el golpe de estado, y para exigir que Obama toma una posicion mas fuerte en exigir el regreso del Presidente Zelaya, elegido democraticamente por el pueblo.

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