Calls for Marches Against the Coup
TEGUCIGALPA - The National Front of People's
Resistance of Honduras (FNRP) called for two
marches on January 27th to reject the
swearing in of the next president,
conservative Porfirio Lobo.
FNRP released a report that points out that
the demonstrations will be held in the
capital and northern city of San Pedro Sula
to reject "the continuation of the
dictatorship of the oligarchy."
Right wing member of the National Party,
Lobo was declared winner of the questionable
elections of last November 29 in which
results are unknown by the vast alliance of
popular and political forces.
Both Lobo and his organization that has
shared power with the liberals during the
past decades, supported the military coup of
June 28 that overthrew the constitutional
president, Manuel Zelaya.
In a brief report the Front points out that
another purpose of the demonstrations is to
insist on the demand of a national
constituent assembly, popular and
democratic, to restore Honduras.
The note adds that the march in the capital
will take off from the National Teaching
University and will count on the
participation of members of the Resistance
in the capital and central, eastern and
southern departments of the country.
In the San Pedro Sula march, about 250
kilometers from Tegucigalpa will also count
on the inhabitants of the western, northern
and Atlantic departments according to the
The Front was created in the wake of the
military coup and was made up of labor
unions and farmers, students and human
rights organizations, and other groups
Since then the FNRP leads the resistance to
the coup regime with daily demonstrations,
the majority brutally repressed by the army
and police, demanding restitution of
The declaration of the state of siege and
suspension of constitutional guarantees last
September forced these forces to concentrate
their demonstrations in the barrios to make
military and police repression more
The first national massive march this year
was in January 7 in the capital followed two
days later by another in San Pedro Sula
strongly repressed by anti riot troops.
Leaders of the Front last weekend held a
national conference in the central city of
Jiguatepeque that concluded with a decision
to continue united democratic struggle to
transform the nation.