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Sun Nov 18, 2018, 05:47 AM

Trump and May must stop propping up Honduras's reactionary regime


Western leaders are not bothered by blatant abuses of democratic norms and human rights, says COLIN BURGON

A vigil outside the OAS in honour of Berta Caceres, who was murdered in 2016 in Honduras
Photo: Daniel Cima

NEXT year will mark different anniversaries in Latin America, including 20 years since Hugo Chavez became president of Venezuela and 60 years since the Cuban revolution. Sadly, it will also mark 10 years since the coup in Honduras.

The 2009 military coup saw Juan Orlando Hernandez come to power with the removal of elected president Manuel Zelaya, who had started to implement plans of wealth redistribution and joined the Alba regional bloc of left-wing governments that challenged US domination of Latin America and the Caribbean.

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I was among those who raised concerns in the British Parliament, including with regards to the US stance, which gave oxygen to the burgeoning dictatorship at the time.

Subsequent elections following the coup in Honduras have included a media blackout and political repression against left-wing opposition candidates.


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