Four months ago Honduras’ centre-left president Manuel “Mel” Zelaya was deposed and forced into exile by a military coup, sparking a long resistance campaign in which twelve trade unionists have been killed. Now Zelaya is back in the country and negotiating elections with the coup régime of Roberto Micheletti (depicted below). But as Socialismo o Barbarie argue, this national unity means legitimising the coup and stepping back from democratic reforms.
Mel Zelaya has given fresh “space” for negotiations with those who conducted the military coup. This is Zelaya’s strategy: bending over backwards as far as possible, abandoning each and every one of the demands which the popular resistance has stood up for in the streets every day, since the very day when the coup régime seized power.
Zelaya has now given up the central demand of this struggle: a Constituent Assembly.
Zelaya has also given up on the idea of punishing those who conducted the coup, accepting an amnesty for them. Continue reading “honduras: zelaya abandons popular movement’s demands”