We are all Hondurans!
IUF Statement on the coup in Honduras
International Union of Food, Agricultural,
Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied
We are all Hondurans!
Faced with the confirmation of a Coup in
Honduras, the IUF, together with
its 374 affiliates in 120 countries,
strongly condemns this anachronistic form of
authoritarianism trying to ignore the will of
the people expressed in the latest election held
in the country and declares the full support of
the IUF and strong defense of democracy as the
system for political, social and economic
We, the IUF also indignantly report the
attempt to kidnap our brother
General Secretary of the Union of Beverage and
Related Industry Workers of Honduras (STIBYS)
and member of the IUF International Executive
Committee, who, along with other union
members, was taking part in a peaceful
demonstration against the coup.
Since last week we have been warning that in
Honduras democracy was being increasingly in
danger. That is why we published a letter sent
to President José Manuel Zelaya on Friday
26, where we expressed our condemnation of the “conspiracy
and seditious actions” plotted against the
At the same time, our correspondent in
Nicaragua, Giorgio Trucchi, was asked
to travel to Honduras where he still
is at present, reporting permanently as a
first-hand witness of the events. Giorgio’s
presence there, is not only solidarity support
of a representative of the IUF Regional
Secretariat, and the IUF as a whole, but
also aimed at breaking the silence of press
censorship, typically imposed by dictatorships.
The civic-military group that ousted Honduran
President José Manuel Zelaya on Sunday 28
is both an ideological reminder of the past,
attempting to loom up out of the shadows, and a
safeguard of very worldly economic interests of
large multimedia groups, huge mining projects
and agribusiness, banks and the financial
system, maquilas and related business.
The Honduran Armed Forces are taking part under
the pretext of “addressing the political
polarization”, but in fact they have no
hesitation in trampling the laws, breaking the
constitutional system and placing Honduras on
the verge of greater polarization.
We, the IUF lend our voice to the
worldwide defense of Honduran democracy, of its
legal institutions and of the right of the
Honduran people to self-determination.
We also state our full and unrestricted support
for our affiliates in Honduras and reach
out our hand for solidarity with them.
We anticipate our agreement with all and every
action aimed at reestablishing law and order; we
will continue to demand the full force of
democracy and individual and collective rights
and liberties in Honduras.
Finally, we hold the illegitimate government of
Roberto Micheletti liable and responsible for
the safety and security of our brothers Carlos
Reyes and Giorgio Trucchi, of the members of our
affiliated unions and of the members of the
popular and union movement of resistance.
Ante la confirmación de un Golpe de Estado en Honduras,
junto a sus 374 organizaciones afiliadas en 120 países,
expresa su más enérgica condena a esta anacrónica forma de
autoritarismo que pretende desconocer la voluntad popular
expresada en las últimas elecciones celebradas en ese país,
IUF Regional Secretary
IUF General Secretary
IUF - UITA - IUL
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Photos: Giorgio Trucchi