Via Campesina Celebrates International Day of Solidarity with Honduran Resistance
Tegucigalpa and Cities Worldwide, 11 August 2009: Today, tens of thousands of Hondurans conclude a seven day march across the country protesting the military coup that occurred on June 28th. Marchers from all parts of the country will arrive in the cities of San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa as part of a massive non-violent resistance movement in opposition to the violent takeover of their country.
“The state of siege is in effect, there are disappearances, many people in jail and murders,” declared Rafael Alegria, leader of La Via Campesina and of the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup. “At the same time,” he added, “the determination of the people remains strong until we defeat the coup and restore democracy in our country.”
La Via Campesina—the international peasant movement— has called on its brothers and sisters around the world to stand with the people of Honduras today, and to engage in an action of resistance to this public act of repression, which undermines human rights and democracy worldwide.
Already more than 35 individual actions have been reported in cities across the world, from Amsterdam to Maputo, from Rio de Janeiro to Washington D.C. A complete list of such activities can be found on the Via Campesina website, www.viacampesina.org.
US Press Contact: Carlos Marentes (Cell: +504 98871974)
Honduras Press Contact: Mabel Marquez (Cell: +504 98871974, Office: +504 2322198, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)