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an E-CHANGER volunteer for 7 years, celia worked until june 2007 for the 'gender sector' of the MST/BA - the rural landless workers movement in the northeastern brazilian state of bahia. from then until june 2010 she worked at the international secretariat of the world march of women in são paulo. although she is no longer a volunteer, she still works in brazil with the WMW and E-CHANGER and will therefore continue to share her professional and personal experiences... enjoy!

29 June 2009

Last Sunday, the 28th, a military coup took place in Honduras, organised by the President of the National Congress and the army, ousting the democratically elected, very popular, President of the country, Manuel Zelaya Rosales...

The World March of Women stands in solidarity with the Honduran people and demands the immediate reestablishment of parliament.

In feminist solidarity,

We are all Honduras, We Resist!

The World March of Women and the Red Latinoamericana Mujeres Transformando la Economia join all feminist organisations and social movements from Honduras to condemn and strongly reject the military coup against President Manuel Zelaya Rosales, organised by the army and the President of the National Congress, Roberto Micheletti, with the support of the mass media controlled by the oligarchy of that country.

Lead by the army at 5am on Sunday, 28th June, the coup frustrated the democratic hopes of the people that were preparing to hold a consulation where Honduran society should decide around calling for a Constituent National Assembly to elaborate a new constitution. Furthermore, the military coup named Roberto Micheletti as President, a puppet of Honduras' oligarchy.

We support the people's pacific resistance, particularly the Honduran feminists that are holding a vigil and a general strike in support of President Zelaya and for the restitution of democracy. We join all social movements to demand:

1. The immediate reestablishment of Constitutional order, without bloodshed;

2. We call on the army to refrain from repressing the people of Honduras, who are demanding a return to democracy;

3. That physical integrity of feminist and social leaders, who are leading the consultation, be respected;

4. The immediate return of President Zelaya to his function in Honduras and rejection of Micheletti by the Organisation of American States;

5. That the authorities guarantee the right of the population to the full exercise of democracy through the popular consulation;

We denounce the role of the corporate mass media, used by Honduran oligarchy as a tool to repress popular will and to support and justify the coup.

We urge all people, organised or not at national and international levels, to pronounce against this agression towards Honduran people's rights and to disseminate this declaration widely. We also invite all to share information produced by popular media such as Radio ELM (www.radioeslodemenos.org) and Radio Mundo Real (www.radiomundoreal.fm).

We call on all social movements to protest in front of all diplomatic and commercial representations of Honduras and to send letters expressing rejection of the military coup to the Honduran embassies in each country.

Women on the March until we are All Free!
WMW, 29th June 2009

Photo of the popular protest against the military coup: