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Hondurans Denounce Attempts to Expel Father Andres Tamayo

September 7, 2009

Attempts to Expel Priest Andrés Tamayo Denounced in Honduras

HAVANA, Cuba, Sept 7 (acn) Franciscan priest Andrés Tamayo has denounced
the Honduran de facto regime’s attempts of expelling him from that
country, for his participation in the popular struggle for the
reinstatement of democracy.

Father Tamayo said that, on Wednesday, Honduran immigration officials
told him that his naturalization papers, obtained after 22 years of
living in the Central American nation, had been cancelled.

He added that the Catholic hierarchy also deprived him from his parish
church in the city of Salamá, in the north-eastern department of
Olancho, from which he has been absent for a week, the Prensa Latina
news agency reports.

The clergyman, who is a native of El Salvador, has carried out his
entire missionary life in Honduras, has maintained close links with the
humble, and has developed an intense activity in defense of Nature.

The church doesn’t want me to continue walking together with the people,
affirmed Tamayo on Sunday during a meeting of the National Front against
the Coup d’etat, an alliance of progressive forces created after the
June 28 military coup in Honduras.

One of the meeting’s agreements, of national nature, was to maintain
active solidarity with the priest, in order to prevent his expulsion
from Honduras.

I’m in the hands of the people, I’m part of the people, and I’ll
continue walking with the people, affirmed the priest.     

Cuban News Agency
  1. Nate Kleinman permalink
    September 29, 2009 12:39 PM

    Father Tamayo is at present with President Zelaya in the besieged Brazilian embassy. I met with him a little over two weeks ago in Tegucigalpa, while he was on the run (he knows that returning to his rural Olancho home under the present circumstances would be a death sentence… or at least result in his illegal deportation). He is truly an inspirational holy man, already being called the Martin Luther King Jr of Honduras.

  2. Fr. Thomas Keenan permalink
    September 21, 2009 11:18 PM

    I was in Honduras in 2008,and wanted to touch base with Fr. Tamayo concerning his work with the people and standing up to the lumber corporations. In February of 2008 I was at a brunch in Tegucigalpa at a hotel where a group of American business people had gathered… supporters of Hillary Clinton so we were told. When I heard of the coup and the President’s removal this year, I wondered how all this came about. I would stll like to be in touch with Fr. Tomayo and hope he can continue his work with the Honduran people.

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