Canadian Delegation in Support of the Resistance Travels to Honduras
Latin American Solidarity Network – Toronto
For Immediate Release: August 27th, 2009
416 929 1834
On June 28, 2009 democratically elected Honduran president Manuel Zelaya was overthrown by a military coup 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 coup has been condemned by the Organization of American States, the United Nations, Union of South American Nations (Unasur), the European Union and numerous others. A recent visit by an International Human Rights Commission composed of fifteen independent professionals was able to confirm the extrajudicial killing of several people who were part of the resistance against the coup as well as numerous other human rights violations.
In response to this intensified repression by the de facto military regime of Roberto Micheletti against the peaceful resistance movement in Honduras, the Latin American Solidarity Network (LASN) is sending a delegation to Honduras from Aug 27- Sept 7th.
The objective of the delegation is to have a Canadian presence on the ground in Honduras to engage with various sectors of civil society that is in resistance to the de facto military regime. Upon returning to Canada, LASN will build links across Canada in support of the resistance movement in Honduras. LASN will continue its pressure on the Canadian government to end its wait-and-see attitude toward the de facto military regime and to take concrete steps to pressure the de facto regime of Roberto Micheletti to restore President Zelaya.
The delegation will travel to Tegucigalpa and then to San Pedro Sula with the following objectives:
* Meet with community leaders and various social movements to gather first hand testimony of the situation in the country
* Document the mass movement of resistance on the streets
o Document the state repression against peaceful protests and opposition members
o Write daily reports
o Conduct journalism work
o Meet with union and social movement leaders to strengthen links and partnerships for further solidarity efforts in Canada
+ Counter the misinformation about the coup d’état in the mainstream press
August 29, 2009