For Immediate Release
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
Honduras Elections Amid “Intensified State Terror”
MARK WEISBROT, beeton at cepr.net
Weisbrot is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and recently wrote the piece “South American Governments Should Support Hondurans’ Rights To Sovereignty and Free Elections” for the Guardian, which states: “In 2009, the country’s left-of-center President Mel Zelaya was overthrown in a military coup that was heavily supported (and, according to Zelaya, organized) by the United States government. After six months and a lot of political repression, the coup government was re-established with an election that almost the entire hemisphere — except, you guessed it, the United States — rejected as illegitimate. Four years later — on [Sunday] November 24 — Honduran voters will go to the polls again…” The group will be live blogging the election, see: cepr.net.
ADRIENNE PINE, pine at american.edu, @adriennepine
Assistant professor of anthropology at American University, Pine is currently on leave on a Fulbright scholarship, residing in Tegucigalpa and teaching at the National Autonomous University of Honduras. She blogs at quotha.net.
Pine recently wrote the article “Where Will the Children Play? Neoliberal Militarization in Pre-Election Honduras”, which states: “In the months leading up to the first national elections since the 2009 coup in which members of the Resistance movement will participate, state-led terror and the criminalization of social protest have intensified.Juan Orlando Hernández, the presidential candidate for current president Porfirio ‘Pepe’ Lobo’s National Party, has made the promise of security through militarization his central campaign theme. …
“The Honduran military and the judiciary both were primary institutional state actors in the 2009 coup against president Manuel Zelaya, whose wife Xiomara Castro is running for president against Hernández on the Resistance-affiliated LIBRE (Liberty and Refoundation) Party ticket.”
DARÍO EURAQUE, dario.euraque at trincoll.edu
Euraque is professor of history and international studies at Trinity College in Connecticut. Euraque served as director, under President Manuel Zelaya, of the Honduran Institute of Anthropology and History. Euraque is the author of numerous books in Spanish and English on Honduran history, culture and politics, including a 2010 memoir about the 2009 coup against Zelaya and its devastating impact on cultural heritage projects. He will arrive in Tegucigalpa Sunday to vote in the national elections.
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