Thursday, July 16, 2009

Rally Against US Complicity in Honduran Coup

The Latin American Solidarity Network will rally at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 18 at the US Consulate in Toronto (360 University Ave. @ Dundas St.) to demand the US government stop lending legitimacy to the coup leaders and work towards the immediate and unconditional restoration of Manuel Zelaya to the Honduran presidency.

Despite public statements by President Obama condemning the coup, the US State Department has refused to take steps to effectively pressure the de facto regime nor to legally certify the events in Honduras as a "coup d’état" – something that would require the US to suspend economic, diplomatic and military aid to Honduras immediately.

Activists in Toronto wear maks and handcuffs at a rally on July 14 to represent the repressive regime of Roberto Micheletti

“No one doubts Washington's involvement in the coup in Honduras that began on June 28. Many analysts, leaders and even presidents, have denounced this,” stated Eva Golinger, a distinguished journalist who helped expose the US role in the coup against President Chavez of Venezuela.

Democratically elected Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was overthrown in a military coup in June and the de facto government has categorically refused to allow his return to power, threatening instead to arrest him if he sets foot on Honduran soil.

The US Ambassador in Tegucigalpa, Hugo Llorens, was fully aware prior to the events of June 28 that a coup was being planned yet allowed the coup leaders to proceed. The Obama administration has subsequently pursued a policy of facilitating “negotiations” between the coup regime and Zelaya. This strategy only serves to discredit President Zelaya and legitimize the coup leaders.

Latin American Solidarity Network is an independent and inclusive group of people and organizations working in solidarity with Latin American grassroots movements and struggles.

Background information:

For more information, contact:
Carlos Torchia
Phone: 416-962-0904

Luis Granados Ceja
Phone: 416-417-0931

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