By Esteban Diaz
In the Cuban press, I have been attentively following the events that have occurred in Honduras since the June 28 coup d’état, when soldiers burst into the residence of Manuel Zelaya – the constitutionally elected president – and transferred him by force to Costa Rica.
More than a month has now passed in which the Honduran ultra-right, with the complicit support of imperial forces, have tried to subjugate the people, who over the passing days have been strengthening and organizing renewed plans for struggle.
Day after day Honduran workers continue to fortify themselves, and they are not swallowing the crude lies formulated by the United States, which wants them to buy the story that the coup forces are not receiving their support.
This was the response from the general coordinator of the Front against the coup d’état in Honduras and the president of the Federación Unitaria de Trabajadores (Unitary Federation of Workers / FUTH), Juan Barahona, who said, “This confirms the double standard of the empire.”
“On the one hand, they openly condemn the coup and recognize Zelaya as the president, while very discreetly they supply assistance to the junta,” said Barahona. He added, “In this country, there’s been a rehearsal conducted by the American ultra-right, together with those of the rest of the hemisphere, to be applied later against the progressive governments of South and Central America.” (Orbe-Prensa Latina-year 11, No. 9, page 4).
This provides an example of the understanding attained by the leadership of the Front and FUTH concerning the processes that are emerging in Honduras and their connection with international forces.
Without a doubt it has been a substantial error by the right-wingers and their global supporters to affect this assault against the Honduran working people; today more than 80 percent of the Honduran population is rising up to overthrow this fascist state. Days pass and the people are becoming increasingly organized, expressing their absolute rejection of the regime imposed on them, and rejecting dialogue with the junta. This is reflected in the significant fact that “for 33 days in a row more than 200 takeovers of highways and public places were recorded.” (Granma, #184, p. 4)
How are the fascists responding to these actions? In the only way that they know how: repressing and murdering all of the workers’ leaders. This demonstrates the fear they have of the organized working class, as well as of all other workers and social groups.
They are now making preparations to eliminate workers’ leaders. As heads of the Front reported, “We have knowledge that paramilitary groups are reorganizing the Battalion 3-16 death squads, which in the 1980s were behind the forced disappearances in a dirty war called Operation Tundra.” (Granma, #183, page 4)
The military high-command justifies itself saying that this was a coup “to halt communism and chauvinism” (Granma, #184, p. 4) This indicates the magnitude of revolutionary development in Latin America and of the world. To stop social revolution, the bourgeoisie is using its instrument of last resort: fascism.
This is not only a coup against the Honduran people; it is against all workers of the world. The best way to support Honduras is to carry out marches worldwide in support of the Honduran workers, to prepare social revolution with the aim of socialism, to destabilize the world’s bourgeoisie, and – when the moment comes – to rise up in arms against the repression that will undoubtedly come.
Today the most advanced sections of the Honduran working class must begin to win over officers, noncommissioned officers, soldiers and honest police officers of the repressive state forces; they must organize workers’ militias that defend the people from fascist attacks, which will increasingly be shown in the bloodshed of workers.
Only with the guidance of workers and farmers at the head of the movement will there be success in forging real change in Honduran society. This is the moment to destroy the bourgeois state, and the workers of the world – especially those of Latin America – cannot be indifferent to their class siblings.
Long live the Honduran workers!
Long live the dictatorship of the proletariat!
Workers of the world unite!