Feminist Voices from Honduras

7 Jul

This is a video made by CATTRACHAS, a feminist group in Honduras denouncing the military coup take-over of June 28th, 2009. Since the mid- 20th century, dozens of military coups and dictatorships have installed themselves violently in democratic countries through out Latin America. Personally, one of the most tragic stories is of Chile’s Salvador Allende, who was killed in the presidential palace that Pinochet forcibly stepped into. Allende was a doctor, turned socialist after learning of the great health disparities between privileged and impoverished. He was the first democratically elected  socialist president in Latin America. However, the United States being in the middle of their Cold War would not allow this in their “own backyard”. Pinochet was trained at the School of the Americas, and the coup received financial backing from U.S. mining corporations along with political maneuvering from Henry Kissinger within Nixon’s presidency.

Chile’s September 11, 1973 coup is exemplary of U.S. military intervention throughout Latin America, whose patterns continue to surface. In Honduras, Roberto Micheletti, is also a former student of the School of the Americas. Honduras also served as a base for counter-insurgency operations during the 1980’s. On Sunday, Zelaya, the ousted Honduran president, circled his country’s airport but could not land due to military vehicles blocking the run-way.

Military dictatorships and violence just doesnt rub off well on me. Mainly because it is women who have to carry the burden of violence when we are raped, our partners disappear, and our children are tortured and thrown in ditches.

Woman in Honduras stands up to military.

Woman in Honduras stands up to military.

This is not happening in Honduras, but there is still a highly tensioned level of state-violence in effect. On Sunday, shots were fired from inside the airport towards the demonstrators who gathered outside in support of Zelaya. One person died.

Obviously men have military and political power in the world, and it is obvious that most everything they have to show for is violence, oppression, and exploitation. It is not ok. If women came into power, would we even have nuclear bombs? Would women train soldiers and send them into foreign countries to kill and be killed? Would women dehumanize men, women and children? Any form of extremity is dangerous and I am not advocating for complete domination by women. It might be nice. But living in balance and in harmony would be much nicer. Men are not the villains, patriarchal culture simply needs to end. Is dialogue and negotiation still an option for Honduras, or will men’s violent territorial aggressiveness be the story re-told for generations to come?

For more independent news information on Honduras go to Telesur and to the School of the Americas Watch.

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One Response to “Feminist Voices from Honduras”

  1. Daniel H. July 11, 2009 at 12:08 AM #

    Thanks for this, post.

    D.

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