The repression in
Honduras is not letting up. The repressive forces of
the State and the paramilitary groups are targeting members of any movements,
trade unions and popular and social organizations that are part of the National
Popular Resistance Front (FNRP). And an urgent cry emerges from the depths of
Honduras: “Don’t abandon us!”
information from the Commission of
Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared in
in the last two months eight FNRP members have been murdered,
25 have received death
threats and 26 have been forced to flee the country to protect their lives and
from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH),
judges, justices and public defenders who opposed the coup
have begun a hunger strike for an
indefinite period of time to protest mass layoffs and legal actions brought
The country is
living in an atmosphere of retaliation, indiscriminate persecution and attempts
to divide and reverse the achievements of the popular and labor movement, which
is committed to the consolidation of the Resistance Front and the efforts to
gather signatures for a National Constituent Assembly.
development in this context of social disruption -which president
and a significant part of the international community are trying to conceal by
projecting a false image of a country “getting back to normal”-
is the news of death threats made
against Carlos H. Reyes.
president of the
Union of Beverage
and Related Industry Workers (STIBYS)
and a member of the IUF’s
International Executive Committee and the national coordinating committee of the
Sirel about this
-What kind of
threats did you receive?
-On May 20, I
received a call on my cell phone from an unknown caller (number 226 99 65), and
when I answered, a voice said, “We’re going to chop your head off, you bastard.
Your days are numbered.” The caller repeated that three times and then hung up.
I told my wife
about it and we decided to report the call to
which immediately issued a statement denouncing what had happened. We then
forwarded it to every organization that supports us, and the solidarity messages
have been pouring in since.
I even heard
from the US Embassy, which called to inquire if the threats had really happened.
-Why do you
think you were threatened?
-My name has
appeared in several black lists in the past, along with other people involved
with the Resistance. Many of these people have been murdered already. It’s
obvious that the aim is to alarm us and spread fear. We’re going to take
security precautions, but we’re not going to let them get to us.
come just as a defamation campaign to discredit some Resistance leaders is being
launched by certain media. Do you think the two are connected?
there’s a connection between them. The
is the result of the union of different social and political forces, and there
are certain sectors, like the liberal coup supporters, the US Embassy and what
passes off for a government, which are trying to divide us, break us up and
On May 20, I received a call on my cell phone from an unknown caller
(number 226 99 65), and when I answered, a voice said, “We’re going
to chop your head off, you bastard. Your days are numbered.” The
caller repeated that three times and then hung up.
direct attacks and a malicious campaign is being conducted against the leaders
of the Resistance and the social, popular and labor organizations that make up
It’s obvious that what worries them most is our unity and the process underway
to set up a Constituent Assembly.
-What steps are
going to be taken to keep the Resistance united?
against us is aimed at damaging the image of the leaders of the popular
organizations that are part of the Resistance.
They’ve even dared to suggest that
the signature gathering campaign for the Constituent Assembly be halted until
the entire leadership of the FNRP is replaced.
We’re going to
denounce all of this and expose everything that is happening, to counter this
defamation campaign aimed at undermining the unity of the Resistance.
-Are you going
to do anything to protect yourself?
-I’m going to
take the necessary precautions, because I’m not about to make these people’s
“job” any easier. Before we finish, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank
again for the support they’re giving me and for always being there, following
our struggle closely.