Honduras

Ten years since the US-backed coup in Honduras

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2019

While Democrats posture as defenders of immigrants, Obama, the “deporter-in-chief” presided over a coup that devastated Honduras, driving its people from the country.

Honduran military invades university and shoots down students

By Andrea Lobo, 26 June 2019

The most recent military repression recalls nothing so much as the methods employed against radicalized students and workers during the 1980s.

US-backed repression by Honduran military leaves four dead

By Andrea Lobo, 22 June 2019

After shooting volleys of live rounds against protesters on Wednesday, the military was deployed across the country.

Honduran government cracks down on strike by teachers, doctors and nurses

By Andrea Lobo, 29 May 2019

The trade unions and opposition parties have done everything possible to keep workers from appealing for a common struggle of the international working class against imperialism.

Honduras cracks down on teachers, doctors and students protesting privatization drive

By Andrea Lobo, 2 May 2019

Mass opposition against the regime of privatizations and austerity imposed since the 2009 US-backed coup in Honduras has been met with brutal repression.

Central American caravan reaches Mexico chanting “We are international workers!”

By Andrea Lobo, 22 October 2018

The caravan is becoming a symbol of working class internationalism and is being denounced by every government in North and Central America.

Trump ends temporary protected status for 86,000 Hondurans

By Eric London, 5 May 2018

The decision all but ends the temporary protected status program, as 97 percent of total recipients will lose protection.

Honduras turns to online censorship and spyware to clamp down on protests

By Andrea Lobo, 16 February 2018

Since a brutal crackdown has not deterred protests against the regime, it has resorted to an assault on free speech online.

Trump administration congratulates “re-election” of police-state regime in Honduras

By Andrea Lobo, 23 December 2017

Washington’s announcement arrived as Honduran military police escalated their bloody repression of the nation-wide protests against the electoral fraud.

Washington and Honduras seek to crush opposition to fraudulent re-election

By Andrea Lobo, 19 December 2017

The Honduran government and the OAS are coordinating with Washington to impose a fraudulent election using virtually the same methods as in the 2009 military coup.

Amid mass protests, Honduran government and Trump administration seek to impose fraudulent re-election

By Andrea Lobo, 5 December 2017

Preliminary reports indicate that 11 people have already been killed in a bloody crackdown against protests over the fraudulent re-election of Juan Orlando Hernandez.

Vote count in Honduras grinds to a halt

By Andrea Lobo, 29 November 2017

Sectors of the US establishment and Honduran oligarchy are prepared to back Nasralla, but the Hernández administration fears losing power amid numerous investigations and leaks regarding corruption.

Human rights group documents Honduran ruling class’ ties to murders of activists

By Andrea Lobo, 11 February 2017

While exposing horrific crimes, Global Witness directs its appeal to Honduran and foreign capital on the basis that these acts will entail “adverse business impacts.”

US backs police purge in Honduras

By Andrea Lobo, 23 April 2016

The purge in the National Police is in line with increased militarization and more repressive measures in Honduras.

Honduran Government covers up involvement in murders of indigenous rights leaders

By Andrea Lobo, 19 March 2016

Protesters continue to demand explanations from the authorities for the murder of Berta Cáceres.

Honduran death squads kill four student protesters, including a 13-year-old

By Eric London, 1 April 2015

All signs point to the US-backed government of President Hernández as the author of a savage wave of repression against Honduran youth.

Obama orders deportation of Honduran child migrants

By Marc Wells, 22 July 2014

Two deportations last week make clear the brutal character of Obama’s attack on immigrants, who are being condemned to conditions of misery and death.

Honduran government suspends gold mine rescue effort

By Rafael Azul, 8 July 2014

Eight miners have been trapped in a Honduran gold mine for nearly a week, and are presumed dead.

Both sides claim victory in Honduran election

By Bill Van Auken, 26 November 2013

Four years after a US-backed coup ousted Manuel Zelaya, Honduras is gripped by a new crisis as both sides claim victory in the presidential election.

Hondurans demand US withdrawal over civilian deaths

By Bill Van Auken, 19 May 2012

The killing of at least four Honduran civilians, including two pregnant women, in an attack by a US helicopter triggered angry protests in Honduras’s remote northeastern Mosquito Coast area.

At least 13 dead in another Honduran prison massacre

By Bill Van Auken, 31 March 2012

At least 13 prisoners died Thursday in a prison riot and fire in Honduras that has once again exposed not only the desperate conditions in the country’s prison system, but also the overall assault on basic rights of the population.

Honduras’s prison inferno: A crime of capitalism

By Bill Van Auken, 18 February 2012

The horrific fire that killed over 350 prisoners in Honduras is not only a tragedy but a crime for which the country's ruling families and foreign capitalist exploiters bear ultimate responsibility.

Clashes follow over 370 deaths in Honduran prison fire

By Bill Van Auken, 16 February 2012

Relatives of prisoners clashed with police and soldiers outside a penitentiary in central Honduras where over 370 inmates perished in a fire.

Honduran government unleashes violence against striking teachers

By Bill Van Auken, 30 March 2011

The US-backed government of President Porfirio Lobo has used police and military violence in an attempt to quell a teachers’ strike and protests that have continued to escalate over the last month.

Report exposes journalist killings in Honduras

By Rafael Azul, 29 July 2010

Seven journalists were shot to death and another severely wounded in Honduras earlier this year. These assassinations expose Washington’s claims that Honduras is on the road of democracy and reconciliation.

One year since the Honduran coup

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2010

June 28 marks one year since the coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya. The Obama administration defends the country’s current regime as a “democracy,” even as death squad murders and military violence continue.

US pushes for readmission of Honduras to Organization of American States

By Rafael Azul, 12 June 2010

At this week’s summit meeting of the Organization of American States, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for Honduras to be readmitted as an OAS member.

Honduras: The making of a death squad “democracy”

By Bill Van Auken, 12 February 2010

With the restoration of diplomatic ties and the resumption of aid and credits, Honduras has been welcomed back into the fold of “democratic” nations, even as the organizers of last June’s coup remain at their posts and death squad murders continue.

Honduran vote held amid repression, mass abstention

By Bill Van Auken, 1 December 2009

Sunday’s elections in Honduras were marked by systematic repression and mass abstention. Nonetheless, the Obama administration hailed the vote as a “legitimate way out” of the five-month-old crisis that began with the June 28 coup.

Washington endorses gunpoint election in Honduras

By Bill Van Auken, 27 November 2009

The Obama administration has endorsed this Sunday’s elections in Honduras under conditions in which the regime that overthrew President Manuel Zelaya last June remains in power and is preparing to suppress popular opposition to an illegitimate vote.

Honduras: Republicans praise Obama for “reversing” policy

By Bill Van Auken, 9 November 2009

Republican lawmakers who openly back the coup regime in Honduras have voiced satisfaction that the Obama administration has “reversed” its policy on the return to office of the country’s ousted president, Manuel Zelaya.

Washington pushes through deal with Honduran coup regime

By Bill Van Auken, 31 October 2009

With the intervention of the US State Department, the Honduran coup regime and ousted President Manuel Zelaya signed a deal Friday that legitimizes last June’s coup while betraying the demands of Honduran working people who opposed it.

Honduras: Is US moving to back ‘state of siege’ election?

By Bill Van Auken, 19 October 2009

Reports from Washington indicate that the Obama administration may back a presidential election in Honduras under state of siege conditions and without the restitution of ousted President Manuel Zelaya to office.

Three months after coup:

Honduran regime imposes state of siege

By Bill Van Auken, 29 September 2009

In a bid to crush popular resistance, the Honduran coup regime imposed a state of siege, suspending basic democratic rights for 45 days. On Monday it put the decree into effect, repressing demonstrations and closing down opposition media.

Revolt and “dialogue” in Honduras

By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2009

The turn to “dialogue” by ousted President Zelaya and those who overthrew him is aimed at quelling a mounting popular revolt against the coup regime that is calling into question the governability of Honduras.

Honduran regime meets Zelaya’s return with “state of siege”

By Bill Van Auken, 23 September 2009

The return to Honduras of deposed President Zelaya, who has called for “dialogue” from his refuge in the Brazilian embassy, has been met with violence and repression from the coup regime.

Not supporting anyone “in particular”

State Department spells out US stand on Honduran coup

By Bill Van Auken, 7 August 2009

In a letter to the ranking Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the US State Department issued its clearest statement yet on the coup in Honduras.

Coup regime steps up repression in Honduras

By Rafael Azul, 6 August 2009

Demonstrations in Honduras against the government of de facto President Roberto Micheletti and the military forces that seized power on June 28, expelling President José Manuel Zelaya, have continued in the face of mounting repression.

Honduran coup regime launches brutal crackdown

By Bill Van Auken, 1 August 2009

The Honduran coup regime launched a brutal crackdown against demonstrations in Tegucigalpa Thursday, as deposed President Manuel Zelaya met with US officials in neighboring Nicaragua.

Honduran coup enters second month

By Bill Van Auken, 29 July 2009

With the coup in Honduras now entering its second month, the Obama administration’s policy is directed at consolidating the changes wrought by Zelaya’s overthrow, while formally condemning the action.

Honduran military appears to back plan to restore Zelaya to office—not to power

By Rafael Azul, 27 July 2009

At Washington’s instigation, the military of Honduras has weighed in independently in support of the San José accord for restoring the country’s ousted President José Manuel Zelaya to office—though not to power.

Honduras: Tensions mount as US-backed mediation stalls

By Bill Van Auken, 23 July 2009

Tensions have continued to mount in Honduras as the coup regime rejects US-backed proposals for a “unity” government that would leave the country’s elected president virtually powerless.

As Zelaya accepts amnesty for coup leaders

Human Rights report reveals brutal repression in Honduras

By Rafael Azul, 20 July 2009

A preliminary report issued by the Committee of the Families of the Disappeared and Detained in Honduras (COFADEH) provides a devastating exposure of the actions carried out by the coup’s organizers against the Honduran people.

Ex-Clinton aides advising Honduran coup regime

By Bill Van Auken, 15 July 2009

The role of key ex-Clinton aides as advisers to the dictatorship in Honduras has cast light on Washington’s real attitude towards the military coup in that country.

Honduras: US-backed mediation legitimizes military coup

By Bill Van Auken, 11 July 2009

The mediation taking place in Costa Rica between Honduras’s ousted president and the leader of the government installed by last month’s military coup was set up by Washington to consolidate the aims of the coup’s organizers.

Background to the Honduran coup: Poverty, exploitation and imperialist domination

By Rafael Azul, 9 July 2009

Underlying the coup that overthrew Honduran President Manuel Zelaya is a social system dominated by extreme inequality and grinding poverty for the vast majority of the country’s people, as well as a long history of US intervention and domination.

The Honduran coup: A warning to the working class

By Bill Van Auken, 8 July 2009

With nationwide strikes and protests, workers have waged an implacable struggle against the coup in Honduras. The success of this movement depends upon its political independence from all sections of the ruling elite, including ousted President Zelaya.

Honduran troops kill anti-coup demonstrators at Tegucigalpa airport

By Barry Grey, 6 July 2009

Honduran troops on Sunday fired on anti-coup demonstrators outside the airport in the capital, Tegucigalpa, killing at least two and wounding many more.

US seeks deal between Honduran coup leaders and deposed president

By Barry Grey, 2 July 2009

The standoff between deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and the “interim government” installed by the military intensified Wednesday, following resolutions passed by the UN General Assembly and the OAS condemning the coup and demanding Zelaya’s reinstatement.

The US and the Honduran coup

By Alex Lantier, 1 July 2009

President Barack Obama's condemnation of Zelaya's overthrow as a "terrible precedent" is belied by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's refusal to characterize it as a coup.

The Honduran coup: another US destabilization operation

By Barry Grey and Rafael Azul, 30 June 2009

While publicly opposing the military coup that ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya on Sunday, the Obama administration on Monday indicated that it will not cut off aid to the Central American country or demand Zelaya’s reinstatement.

Honduran military ousts president in coup

By Joe Kishore, 29 June 2009

The military of Honduras ousted President Manuel Zelaya on Sunday morning, just before a planned national referendum.