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The Writings on the Walls: Graffiti from the Coup Resistance

The Writings on the Walls: Graffiti from the Coup Resistance
By Kara Newhouse and Laura Taylor

Even as tireless Honduran protesters approach their 100th day of resistance, continuing to avoid police tear gas and attend funerals of slain resisters, some facets of quotidian Tegucigalpa life continue under the dictatorship: cars cram into traffic-filled streets, those Hondurans with jobs go to work, and wealthy consumers hit the shopping malls. To maintain this facade of control, on September 27th the Micheletti dictatorship issued a decree dissolving fundamental rights such as the right to assembly and free speech, and the following day closed the critical media sources in the country by force. Yet the literal writings on the walls deny the state of calm that the coup leaders claim exists and expose the state of exception that they impose. These photos capture the ongoing conversations in a shrinking space for expression.

Fascism, (counter-)fascism, lobbyists, anti-semitism and the State

"Haz patria, mata un turco," the slogans read. "Be a patriot, kill a Turk." The "Turk" in question, is of course, not a Turk at all, but a generic reference to the Honduran descendants of Arab (primarily Christian Palestinian) migrants, some of whom today comprise most of Honduras's ruling golpista elite. Another tag reads "Get out of Honduras Jews Palestinians and Arabs":

Update: Radio Show, 11:45

I'll be on WUSB in 15 minutes talking about the coup.

Translation Completed: Coup D’état in Honduras. A Juridical Analysis, by Edmundo Orellana

Big thanks to all the volunteer translators who cranked this out on very short notice. To see the document complete with proper formatting, click here. Please alert me to any important errors in translation or editing (do not bother me with nitpicky ones; I don't have time).

Coup D’état in Honduras. A Juridical Analysis
Sunday, September 27, 2009 04:41

By: Edmundo Orellana
Professor, Faculty of Law
National University of Honduras

Very important piece by Al Giordano

Click here to read full article.

Reading the international press wires from Honduras in recent days, too many give the impression that Honduras coup “president” Roberto Micheletti has lifted last Sunday’s decree that suspended constitutional rights of free speech, press, assembly, transit and due process.

No such thing has happened. The decree, in all its repressive brutality, is still in full force.

NYC Press Conference Oct. 5 to announce fact-finding U.S. Delegation to Honduras

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
**Media Advisory** Contact:
Teresa Gutierrez: 917.328.6470

Press Conference Oct. 5 to announce fact-finding U.S. Delegation to Honduras

WHAT: A press conference featuring representatives of the U.S. Delegation to Honduras, who will announce their intention to travel to Honduras from Oct. 7-11 on a fact-finding mission. The delegation calls on elected officials, the Obama administration and the State Department to assure our safety.

Day 98, October 3, 2009 from Oscar (translation by Camille Collins Lovell)

Last night the body of professor Mario Contreras was mourned. He was sub-director of the Avelardo Fortín Institute, member of COPEMH [Association of Middle School Professors of Honduras] and of the Honduran resistance against the coup. Once again his death is compatible with the modus operandi of the dictatorship. He was attacked by gunshots by strangers who wanted, according to the police report, to steal his cell phone. This explication is inadequate because professor Contreras’s brother says that his cell phone was on his person, as well as his wallet and 500 Lempiras in cash.

Threat to and Systematic Destruction of Garifuna Peoples

Excerpt below. To see the full document in pdf form, click here

DECLARATION

THREAT TO AND SYSTEMATIC DESTRUCTION OF THE BLACK GARIFUNA PEOPLES—DECLARED BY UNESCO A CULTURAL HERITAGE OF HUMANITY

Black Garifuna Peoples of Honduras

Drafted by Representatives of the Association of Garifuna Municipalities, Iriona Municipality (Colon Department), Luagu Hatuadi Waduheñu Foundation, the First Public Garifuna Hospital in Honduras, and OFRANEH (National Black Fraternal Organization)

Juridical Analysis of the Coup by Edmundo Orellana, Part I

[Original in Spanish is available here. Thanks to Charles for his tireless and excellent translation work. We are working on translating the rest, and will have it up here as soon as it's done.]

Coup D’état in Honduras. A Juridical Analysis
Sunday, September 27, 2009 04:41
By: Edmundo Orellana
Professor, Faculty of Law
National University of Honduras

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