Honduras is NOT open for business

Posted on May 10, 2011

by Gerardo Torres Zelaya

Honduras resisteIf you’ve ever had the opportunity of seeing the famous movie The Godfather II (1974) can probably remember the scene where he moved in the preambles of the Cuban Revolution Batista taking over from foreign investors a stunning phone gold amid promises that everything will be fine, that the rebels are only four and they will never win.

If you saw the movie will remember what happened to the dreams of investors and the plan for the promotion of foreign investment during the dictatorship.But the purpose of this article is not to delve into the masterpiece of Puzo and Coppola but rather to point out the obvious similarities between this plot and that lives today Honduras.

Honduras Conference is Open for Business (HOB as it is known) has its last day today and the sum total of the sale of our country is U.S. $ 14.586 million which is lower than reported as Gross Domestic Product in 2010 ( U.S. $ 16.288 million) with a total of 147 projects that represent control of 6 investment sectors across the country.

A private company the state coup have been released Agribusiness, Renewable Energy, Forest Areas, Infrastructure, Textiles and Services and Tourism and all for an amount less than what is already perceived.This does not surprise anyone, the country’s oligarchy has never been marked by intelligent but rather by submissive and when he says investment means foreign capital to give everything without asking anything in return (or sale at a great price for them) and this was the case of the banana enclave, the maquilas, franchising and many other sad and so on in our history.

Of course, you could say that even they can sell more and probably would if their incompetence they are not prevented. As they try to sell such an impoverished country with little infrastructure such as corrupt and should not be easy.

The intention is:

  • The peasant farmer and has neither a plot of land if not everything is big industry to produce fuel instead of food,
  • Our rivers, air and sun are private and no longer serve for life if not for the production of energy sold,
  • We no longer have forests if not all be squeezed to make the rich and filthy rich,
  • Our roads, sidewalks, bridges and ports are private and we should get permission from the employer to be on our streets,
  • We offer lock us to death in factories as the only way to work without any right or ability to live in dignity
  • and of course forget our beaches and Garifuna and Miskito communities start thinking in new homes because the land they have been for hundreds of years will now be owned by the big hotels: forbidden land for Hondurans.

It relies on the body of the constitution that created the oligarchy and the military in 1982 and killed themselves on June 28, 2009 with the coup. The companies are promised the certainty that everything will be fine, your money will be protected at the expense of the blood of the Honduran people that can take you all and you do not need to hire anyone who does not want to head down and absolutely obey because they can bring in workers or workers of other parties who were not respected the rights of workers and that the state will do everything they need and to forget about taxes.Sound trite but the question always appears … So who wins Honduras?

The answer: Resistance

Returning to the film, leaving the golden phone meeting of the main character, Michael Corleone, is a police checkpoint with captured insurgents (those who had just been told you were only four) and realizes that the story is just like that more. Arriving at the meeting in which investors hold a huge cake with the loot that they just gave, he announced his retirement arguing that “the rebels have a chance to win.”

Course at any time and expect to find behavior among persons who visit us today as Alvaro Uribe (exponent of the brutal right-wing Latin American) Carlos Slim (billionaire who has already “invested” in Honduras with your phone company Claro) Francisco Sánchez (Secretary of the International Trade Administration of the U.S. government), Ricardo Martinelly (president of Panama and major friend of the regime from the start) and Sheng-Chung Lin (who currently serves as Deputy Minister of Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Republic of China Taiwan).

What we can say is that yesterday May 5 while conducting the first papers a few meters from Expocentro (where the conference takes place) the resistance was present with a demonstration conducted by the National Youth Front in Resistance , Departmental Coordination dawn Francisco Morazan who left the capital, as well as colleagues from COPINH also left early from their lands to defend the future of Honduras that is NOT for sale.

As always attacked and chased dictatorship striking comrades while regime officials sought to maintain the image of democratic peace to investors. The balance were eight male and female detainees: Wendy Aguilar, Sydny Flores, Joseph Alexis, Gevona Isidora Garcia, Ian Diaz (militant political organization Fools – OPLN) Leucadia Maria Hernandez, Jaime Martinez and APDI Ariel Baquedano.

International calls to the First Post of San Pedro Sula and the Post of Chamelecon little by little she was spoiling the party regime in the halls is saying that there was no worry that Honduras was quiet but otherwise treated cells to hide the cries of a generation that is NOT for sale.


Honduras according to international studies has become the most violent country in the continent, the “experts” from the official sector give a thousand and one explanation for the phenomenon and on the advice of the Department of State of the United States is all the fault of the Drug Trafficking as well are given more money to keep coup to achieve but have looted the state.

The truth is that we have become the most dangerous country for women, media, community LGTTB, peasants, students, teachers and indigenous people because we live in a military dictatorship that is becoming more violent. The masks are falling and sometimes comes and Honduras is Open for Business is a new proof of his violent nature, plundering and submissive.

On the other hand already had granitic support has been weakening, this oligarchy is a problem even for its supporters, has become a headache for the United States and there are dissenting voices to the inner workings of Congress after began to move a letter written by Reps. James P. McGovern, Janice D.Schakowsky and Sam Farr in requiring the State Department to suspend all support and budget for the Armed Forces of Honduras and the National Police until they put a stop to human rights violations and investigate the responsible. The letter will be presented on May 25 and has already signed ten congressmen, demonstrating that the opposing views begin to emerge, new signatories are:

  1. Maurice d. Hinchey (NY)
  2. John Lewis (GA)
  3. John Conyers, Jr. (MI)
  4. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX)
  5. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr. (IL)
  6. Anna G. Eshoo (CA)
  7. Danny K. Davis (IL)
  8. Jim McDermott (WA)
  9. Lynn Woolsey (CA)
  10. Raul Grijalva (AZ)

This accountability requirement is in addition to the points raised by the People’s National Front (FNRP) to initiate a debate on the possible reinstatement of Honduras to the Organization of American States (OAS) to start this June in General Assembly to be held in the city of San Salvador, El Salvador.

The construction of a process

FNRP points are clear: Zelaya must return to complete freedom and all the exiles and exiled among them is our friend René Amador who lives outside the country for over a year and a half away from their children for violence the coup. Violators of human rights should go to jail and must stop attacking the unarmed population is at resistance. The FNRP should be recognized as a belligerent political force can not continue ignoring the fact that what people want is not in Honduras that we put up for sale the country unless they assume the creation of a National Constituent Assembly that is popular and not to oligarchic Constitution to create a truly democratic, just, inclusive and egalitarian.

What we see now is that the regime is not the first point and already shaky legs. The suspension of trials Resistance Coordinator Manuel Zelaya is a tantrum, it is known that all is fair dismissal and nothing less. Even missing the other exiles and the other three points, time runs against the coup against us and not us.

The FNRP are raised by four points and no less, put this there are sectors that have accused the leadership to deliver the project which is all the people. OPLN For all you are doing is tracing the route, the goal has always been clear is that these goals we have raised will only be when we defeated the coup structure and not before.

The resistance against the sale of Honduras is in the hands of international pressure that we maintain, the resistance struggle in the streets, universities, fields, schools and neighborhoods goes hand in hand with the Autoconvocatoria to create our own Constitution (process of which we are part).

There are many attacks, but internal resistance is a natural process, the lasting consensus join are those that are forged at work and those of us in this daily struggle will find them or we’ll build together.

May starts with the best example of this class struggle that concerns us, on the one hand the oligarchy behind the treacherous weapons of armed forces to sell the country and the future of citizens, and on the other resistance side raises her voice to the world and out into the streets without fear defend what is rightfully ours.

After this conference the focus was placed on the Assembly of the OAS and in the process Autoconvocatoria grateful to the sister nations that have said they are not complied with our four points do not allow the return of the coup.

Consult someone out there that if we know that the coup is not going to do to support the approach of the four points. Well, at least for us is to important to go through all the steps with peers and mark the route of what we want and put on paper what motivates us to be on the streets.

So when rayemos a wall, throw a stone or would require the international community to continue pressuring the regime because we believe it is still not meeting our four points.It’s the same with the Autoconvocatoria, this process will allow us collectively to understand what the word really means Refoundation for us and us and who shares that will be compared and who does it will be the enemy.

The class struggle is not aware of half measures, but before you have a revolutionary process must be forging our own revolutionary ideology and it begins with simple ideas to give substance to our process of unarmed popular uprising and our path to Refoundation Honduras. Sometimes the most obvious steps are the most important.

Maybe if we focus everyone we have our night as the popular clamor for such a film in which the oligarchy flees into the darkness with little certainty about their future, only by understanding the true meaning of the landmark ruling that Honduras or provides, or is rented or sold.

To see what the regime wants to sell nationally and by department (information obtained through research Solidarity Network of Honduras – Honduras Solidarity Network): National:

3 projects, U.S. $ 6.718 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1BYwIOsBZnWmPTKAOjqUyTpFWv786FfeZLHvCPJOQ8Wc/edit? hl = en

1. Atlantis: 18 projects, U.S. $ 465 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1h1SNblTeYt6xSqKeOL3nUj3s4Vyh9V_I31_pHUoWuDI/edit? hl = en #

2. Choluteca: 11 projects, U.S. $ 148 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1WjV2EQL0eQ4V6hcu8J-BUyNU8anhYNd36QlmHDowwR4/edit? hl = en #

3. Columbus: 6 projects, $ 156 million:

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1EmxPTTmco0d-Y_5gIx6xlKELga4SD74A_ynPB-wYfy0/edit? hl = en #

4. Comayagua: 15 projects, $ 399 million:

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1iUSYah575mNGER4NGayIkr5d8kO9eoFdTFJ96vGq1V4/edit? hl = en #

5. Copan: 11 projects, U.S. $ 564 million:

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1A7YOoYOau6kj46nXUfCrYTANrndhVxyfB9dsY4LfJk0/edit? hl = en #

6. Cortés: 28 projects, $ 904 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1vdAZ6Os0waD4EZ8ZnSc4nEnaKB3KTQQ458mPA4EaDmQ/edit? hl = en

7. Paradise: 8 projects, $ 75 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1Kz2mkRP7lTf0VVvt5fXrccPsVR1A2bNvK7LQLyt4wNI/edit? hl = en

8. Francisco Morazan: 30 projects, U.S. $ 1.385 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1k2iEpRRGpdcxfPFRYnnwQ0URoJfaL98djWyxMdWCFdc/edit? hl = en

9. Thank God: 3 projects, $ 167 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1UCxFOWTWnmye6OlOwKkN-BgRvBh_87JLdjdz3a5fZ2Q/edit? hl = en

10. Intibucá: 3 projects, $ 45 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1smKD0iRfY90FWGRLwcH4GiWHYxWvsO5tpKD0UJrNviQ/edit? hl = en

11. Islas de Bahia 12 projects, U.S. $ 478 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1KhgCGgnxnwt4cY7xMdq_9fCIaubHjgr9cVByVMKbbm4/edit? hl = en

12. La Paz: 2 projects, U.S. $ 99 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/133tQmc_cVruHCooguEPMm9lmcLig4LyFEBsZCl9BKp4/edit? hl = en

13. Lempira 2 projects, U.S. $ 214 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1p6Qa4QTrmNOQIUDuc549O177Ry5uyVUW6BsRQEFbdJE/edit?hl = en

14. Ocotepeque: 2 projects, $ 19 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1Wm0Llmbg8kzH9L-pOMDY-3XFRGsodGn6yg7Khe-Nm6Y/edit? hl = en

15. Olancho: 21 projects, $ 1.595 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1OMmP5WD4ypGTlYSHMuWy2_emrheMPSjIaOqB-ujmYfA/edit? hl = en

16. Santa Barbara: 6 projects, $ 654 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1aZGKxbVIaA2Kez7g9pz_H5sp5rIvLvDAoBDRDmNO5vc/edit? hl = en

17. Valley: 11 projects, U.S. $ 269 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/13jY0BafIgpp0f9WVcVVj92TqUQG9oRKS0r_qFOUBI1k/edit? hl = en

18. Yoro: 12 Projects, $ 230 million

https: / / docs.google.com/document/d/1WOmBUll5g0olRuBwFDOg0zPl5uPJ8NUAa8y9WyaiTjI/edit? hl = en
SOURCE: Los Necios