[News] Military repression heightens tension in the Honduras crisis
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Wed Jul 29 11:35:33 EDT 2009
Havana. July 28, 2009
Military repression heightens tension in the Honduras crisis
TEGUCIGALPA, July 27.Repression on the part of
the armed forces against opponents of the
military coup of June 28 is constantly
accentuating the crisis to increasingly explosive levels in Honduras.
In a climate of growing political tension, the
popular forces agreed on Sunday to increase their
actions in defense of reestablishing a state of
law and the restitution of Manuel Zelaya the constitutional president.
Half an hour after concluding the meeting, a bomb
exploded in the Beverage and Allied Workers Union
(STIBYS), where hundreds of impassioned people had participated in an event.
The National Front against the coup détat also
confirmed that thousands of people are trapped by
military squads that are preventing the arrival
of aid, in what amounts to a state of emergency.
Troops and police have even halted the movement
of aid caravans, national Red Cross teams, and a
group of 15 professionals from the National
Medical School who are trying to get help to these people
Israel Salinas, general secretary of the United
Workers Federation, also raised the alert as to
the grave situation in the eastern department of
El Paraíso, subjected he stated to a permanent state of siege.
He added that the Fronts leadership has also
ratified demands for the unconditional
restitution of President Manuel Zelaya and the
convening of a national constituent assembly to re-found the nation.
Salinas informed that the Front is to continue
blocking highways, taking over public
institutions, and organizing demonstrations
throughout the country. These measures are in
addition for another national strike this coming
Thursday and Friday, organized by the countrys three main workers unions.
"Our decision is categorical: we are not going to
retreat an inch, nor even one millimeter," Salinas stressed. (PL)
Translated by Granma International
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