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Honduras: Former President Manuel Zelaya Calls to Overthrow Juan Orlando Hernandez
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Saturday, 10 August 2019 13:13

Excerpt: "Honduras' former President Manuel Zelaya summoned political parties and social organizations on Friday to join for overthrowing President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH), a far-right politician who has been accused of using drug money to fund his 2017 presidential campaign."

During protests against Juan Orlando Hernandez, thousands shouted 'get out dictator,' 'get out usurper' and 'get out drug trafficker.' (photo: Prensa Latina)
During protests against Juan Orlando Hernandez, thousands shouted 'get out dictator,' 'get out usurper' and 'get out drug trafficker.' (photo: Prensa Latina)


Honduras: Former President Manuel Zelaya Calls to Overthrow Juan Orlando Hernandez

By teleSUR

10 August 19


On August 4, Honduran President Hernandez was implicated in a drug trafficking and money laundering case.

onduras’ former President Manuel Zelaya summoned political parties and social organizations on Friday to join for overthrowing President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH), a far-right politician who has been accused of using drug money to fund his 2017 presidential campaign.

The leader of the Party for Liberty and Refoundation Party (Free) made this call during a speech at the Central Square in Tegucigalpa, the capital of Honduras, where a massive demonstration arrived from Francisco Morazan University.

Waving their country's white-and-light blue flag, as well as the Free party's red-and-black flag, thousands shouted "get out dictator", "get out usurper" and "get out drug trafficker."

Olivia Zuñiga, the daughter of Berta Caceres, an environmental activist who was killed in 2016, said the march demonstrated the people's rejection of the far right-wing administration and its murders and corruption.

This new wave of popular protests coincided with the arrival in Tegucigalpa of the U.S. House of Representatives president Nancy Pelosi, who will meet with President JOH on Saturday to address issues related to migration, security and employment.

"Mrs. Pelosi, if you come to support dictatorship, corruption, drug trafficking, looting and murder, go home Mrs. Pelosi!," Zelaya said.

"But if you come to join the people to overthrow the dictatorship, then be welcome to Honduras... if you want the Hondurans to have democracy and our country to move forward, simply order the capture of Juan Orlando Hernandez," he added.

Honduras. Protests continue. Free Party summons to demonstration before the arrival of Nancy Pelosi.

On June 28, 2009, Manuel Zelaya was overthrown by a U.S.-backed coup d'etat when he was trying to introduce land redistribution reforms and a referendum to call for a constituent assembly to change the country’s constitution. Since then, Honduras has been on a social, political and economic downward spiral.

Juan Orlando Hernandez assumed the Presidency for the first time on January 2014. Later he was re-elected in Nov. 2017 after elections which were held with many "irregularities," according to international observers.

On August 4, however, the current Honduran president became implicated as a co-conspirator in a drug trafficking and money laundering case which is being processed at a New York court.

Coinciding with Pelosi's visit on Friday, Honduran judges provisionally released two political prisoners, Edwin Espinal and Raul Alvarez, who were illegally detained for two years without being allowed an adequate trial.

“The Free Party, ten years in resistance and nobody here gives up,” Zelaya said referring to two citizens who were accused of “damages to property” during the riots which took place after the 2017 electoral fraud. 

Since then, Honduran citizens have been demanding the release of the left-wing political prisoners.

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+5 # davehaze 2019-08-11 08:00
As a signatore of the Organization of American States we were not to support or be apart of any coup, coups were to be condemned. Not so with Secretay of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. They immediately recognized and supported, monetized, and armed the coup in Honduras against the people. And continued to support the dictator as the country became a failed narco-state.

A massive mistake and crime neither acknowledge or appologize for. Friends of war criminal Henry Kissinger, learned at his feet.
 
 
+6 # Texas Aggie 2019-08-11 09:19
Thank you, Hillary Clinton. This is all on your head. You were told that this would be the result of backing the coup, but you defended them and wouldn't allow the OAS to put sanctions on Honduras. Then you had the nerve to advocate for expelling the Hondurans who fled the subsequent blood bath and "sending them back to where they came from."

Dear Nancy, Perez, Hoyer, Schumer, etc.,

This is what neoliberalism does. It is hardly distinguishable from white supremacy or any other totalitarian movement that adulates the elite at the expense of the people.
 
 
+3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-08-11 11:47
He will have to overthrow the US government first. It has the president it wants in Honduras. Hernandez is right in the model of Latin American presidents that they US has prescribed for well more than 100 years.

I wish great success to Zalaya and the other Honduran protestors and revolutionaries . They deserve better than the corrupt gangsters the US has imposed on their nation.
 
 
+3 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-08-11 12:13
Hillary Clinton = the gift that keeps on giving.
 
 
+2 # lfeuille 2019-08-11 14:34
Pelosi could make a real contribution buy rejection the path that Hillary put the Democratic Party on in 2009 and Obama unfortunately endorsed by backing the return of legitimate pre-coup government, but don't hold your breath. Hondurans would not be joining the rush to the US border to be abused by Trump if not for the coup.