Honduran resistance movement reforms

[Translations of two articles from Tiempo of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the first, from July 12 based on an Agence France Presse dispatch, the second from July 15. The movement against the coup d’état of June 28, 2009, has been divided since its inception between zelayistas, motivated primarily by support for Manuel Zelaya, and leftists like labor organizer Juan Barahona and campesino leader Rafael Alegría of Via Campesina (currently hospitalized with hemorrhagic dengue, which has reached epidemic proportions in the entire region). The leftists, dedicated to making fundamental changes in the country, initially through a constituent assembly, are understandably mistrustful of both traditional parties, the Partido Nacional and the Partido Liberal, the latter of which includes among its adherents not only Manuel Zelaya but also Roberto Micheletti, the de facto president installed in the coup. In a letter sent in late April from the Dominican Republic, where he is currently living in exile, Zelaya accused resistance leaders of attempting to exclude him from the movement by dismissing the possibility of his returning to Honduras.]

Resistance movement elects Zelaya as coordinator

Tegucigalpa – The Frente Nacional de Resistencia de Honduras [National Resistance Front of Honduras], formed to oppose the coup d’état of June, 2009, was divided as it ended an assembly this weekend but named former President Manuel Zelaya as its general coordinator in an attempt to restore unity.

The group, which has adopted the name Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular (FNRP – National Popular Resistance Front ) and promotes a constituent assembly, is made up of members from the traditional left and of dissident members of the Partido Liberal, a traditionally rightist party which moved leftward with Zelaya.

The group, which for months waged a battle on the streets to demand reinstatement of Zelaya after his removal from office on June 28, 2009, was divided on Sunday as it ended the two-day assembly in Tocoa, in the department of Colón, 600 kilometers northeast of Tegucigalpa.

Liberales walked out of the gathering in disagreement over a decision to have the assembly be made up of only two representatives of each of the 18 departments of the country.

“The problem will be resolved with former President Manuel Zelaya, who has leadership and a clear objective, which is that of everyone, that the people be freed from the oppression of the oligarchy,” Partido Liberal leader Rasel Tomé, one of those who walked out of the assembly, told AFP.

The assembly ended with the naming of an executive committee headed by Zelaya and made up of members from the leftist groups, including peasants, workers, teachers, students and professionals, but not of liberales.

From exile in the Dominican Republic, Zelaya sent a letter to the assembly reporting that he had named his wife, Xiomara, “to examine the extent of the proposal and thus tomorrow (this Monday) to be able to communicate” his “acceptance as a pro-socialist liberal” to join in the “general coordination of the FNRP executive committee.”

Zelaya called on members of the Frente not to destroy but to strengthen unity and explained that “the leadership of the liberales in resistance in the departments feels excluded and now at the national level as well.”

Zelaya asks Partido Liberal to acknowledge coup d’état

Tegucigalpa – Speaking from the Dominican Republic, former President Manuel Zelaya Rosales said a condition for discussion of unity within the Partido Liberal is acknowledgement by the party’s Central Executive Board of the coup d’état that ousted him from power on June 28, 2009.

The position was revealed by the governing party this week after officials had announced formation of a commission to travel to the Domincan Republic for discussions with Zelaya in an attempt to unify the party.

The former president also demanded that the Executive Board expel from the party Roberto Micheletti, who had conspired with the military and other political sectors to remove him from office and to replace him after his departure.

He wrote that he could talk with party officials “when justice has been done for the 166 people killed during and after the coup d’état and action has been taken against the perpetrators of these deaths.”

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