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This past June, a military coup ousted the democratically-elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya Rosales. On November 29th, Honduras took global center-stage again when conservative businessman, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, was declared the new President Elect. But the election is mired in controversy and world reaction is split. The U.S. is offering cautious support for the win while other nations, like Brazil, Venezuela and Argentina, refuse to recognize the results. They say the election was held under an unlawful government.
On this edition, independent producer Chris Thomas takes us to the streets of Honduras to look at the roots of a long-standing conflict between a powerful oligarchy and the poor and dispossessed majority who fought back for their rights.
Berta Cáceres, Indigenous Peoples Council of Honduras (COPINH) Leader, ex-vice-presidential candidate on independent ticket, National Resistance Front Against the Coup Member; Salvador Zúñiga, COPINH Leader National Resistance Front Against the Coup Member; Adelay Reyes, Center for Women´s Rights (CDM), Feminists in Resistance; Guillermo Amador, National Pedagogical University Student Leader, National Resistance Front Against the Coup Member; Carlos H. Reyes, Ex-presidential candidate on the independent ticket, Union of Beverage and Related Industry Workers President, National Resistance Front Against the Coup Member; Adolfo Facussé, Powerful business leader, National Industrial Association of Honduras President; Roberto Micheletti, Congressman of nearly three decades and de facto president of Honduras; Amilcar Bulnes, Business leader and Honduran National Business Council President; Luis Guillermo, Secretary General of the International Human Rights Federation; Laura Carlson, Americas Policy Program Director.
WEB EXTRA: Unedited interview with Lisa Sullivan, Latin America coordinator at School of the Americas Watch:
Special thanks to Chris Thomas and Tim Russo for this report, to CASA Collective for transcriptions and to all of our voiceover talent.
Voiceovers by: Alton Byrd, John Elrick, Patrick Holt, Yousef Khamsi, Khanh Pham, Steven Pollard, Chris Posada, Andrew Stelzer and Lisa Rudman
For More Information:
Americas Policy Program
COFADEH (Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos en Honduras)
COPINH (Consejo de Pueblos Indígenas de Hondura)
YouTube Channel and Feminist Video Collective
Defensores en Línea
Publicación de Organismos de Derechos Humanos
Honduras (English links)
School of the Americas Watch