Popular Resistance Rejects Fake Elections in Honduras

Socialist Voice has been kind enough to publish both an  English translation of the Resistance Front’s statement and the  Spanish original.

Introduction by Felipe Stuart Cournoyer

In the following Comunique, the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup in Honduras (NFRAC) declares that it will not recognize the legitimacy of elections proposed by the coup regime for November 29. Its statement follows on the breakdown of the “Tegucigalpa Agreement,” an effort to resolve the political crisis created by the June coup against President Manuel Zelaya Rosales.

It is unlikely that the elections and government issuing from the electoral sham will have any legitimacy in Latin America beyond the traditional oligarchic right, and governments like those in Peru and Colombia. The anti-coup candidate for the presidency has withdrawn. The OAS Secretary-General has said this body will not send election observers to Honduras, and continues to recognize Zelaya Rosales as the constitutionally elected president. Washington will no doubt come good on its pledge to recognize the electoral process, and Canada can be expected to carry out the wishes of its gold mining companies and back the coup regime to the hilt.

No one can predict to any degree of certainty how this struggle will unfold into the New Year, but there is no question that the old Honduras – the fiefdom of ten oligarchic families – is gone to the trash bin. The country will never return to those days. The National Front of Resistance is campaigning for a constituent assembly process to draft a new, revolutionary democratic constitution. This process can grow, through popular demonstrations and agitation, providing a great school for social change.

Meanwhile, the extreme right in the region is setting its sights on Nicaragua and El Salvador, howling that Daniel Ortega’s government in Nicaragua is installing a dictatorship and the FMLN government in El Salvador is plotting a coup to install a Chavez-type regime.

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Communique #34 of the National Front of Resistance Against the Coup

The National Front of Resistance Against the Coup declares to the Honduran people and the International community:

1. Since the midnight deadline of Thursday November 5th passed without the restitution of legitimate president Manual Zelaya, we declare we will actively not recognize the electoral process of November 29 this year.

Elections which are imposed by a de facto regime that represses and violates the human and political rights of the citizenry would only validate nationally and internationally the oligarchical dictatorship and secure the continuation of a system which marginalizes and exploits popular sectors in order to guarantee the privileges of a few.

Participation in such a process would give legitimacy to the coup regime and to its successor, which would be fraudulently installed on January 27, 2010.

2. The refusal to acknowledge the electoral farce will remain firm between now and the elections, even if President Manuel Zelaya is re-instated. A period of 20 days is too little time to dismantle an electoral fraud conceived to ensure that one of the representatives of the coup-making oligarchy will be put in place and therefore give continuity to its repressive and anti-democratic project.

This statement does not mean that we have renounced our fundamental demand for a return to the constitutional order in Honduras, including the return of President Zelaya to the position he was elected by the Honduran people to fill for four years.

3. Now more than ever it is clear that the exercise of participatory democracy through the installation of a Constituent Assembly is not just a non-negotiable right but also the only way to provide the Honduran people with a democratic and inclusive political system.

4. We denounce the complicit role of the U.S. government. It has maneuvered to drag out the crisis and now shows its true intention to give validity to the coup regime, thereby ensuring that the successor government will be docile in the face of the interests of transnational companies and their goal of regional control. Therefore, we consider correct the decision made by President Zelaya to declare the failure of the Tegucigalpa Agreement, an agreement which is part of the U.S. strategy to stall Zelaya’s restitution in order to validate the electoral process.

5. We call on all organizations and candidates in the November 29 elections to act in accordance with previously stated commitments and publicly pull out of the electoral farce.

6. We call together the mobilized and as yet unorganized sectors of the population to join actions that reject the electoral farce and promote acts of civil disobedience, as supported by Article 3 of the Constitution of the Republic, which gives us the right to disobedience and popular insurrection.

7. To the friendly nations and peoples of the world, we call on you to maintain political pressure to overthrow the military dictatorship imposed by oligarchy and imperialism, as well as commit to recognize neither the illegitimate elections of November 29 nor the spurious authorities who seek to pass as representatives elected by the people.

We resist and we will win.

– Tegucigalpa, November 9th, 2009

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Comunicado No. 34 del Frente Nacional de Resistencia contra el Golpe de Estado

El Frente Nacional de Resistencia contra el Golpe de Estado comunica a la población hondureña y la comunidad internacional.

1. Al haber vencido el plazo establecido para el jueves 5 de noviembre a las 12 de la noche sin haber sido restituido el presidente legítimo Manuel Zelaya Rosales, declaramos nuestro desconocimiento activo del proceso electoral del 29 de noviembre del presente año. Unas elecciones impulsadas por un régimen de facto que reprime y atropella los derechos humanos y políticos de los ciudadanos y ciudadanas, serían sólo una forma de validación de la dictadura de la oligarquía a nivel nacional e internacional, y un método para asegurar la continuación de un sistema que margina y explota a los sectores populares para garantizar los privilegios de unos pocos. La participación en tal proceso le daría legitimidad al régimen golpista o a su sucesor que se instalaría fraudulentamente el 27 de enero de 2010.

2. El desconocimiento de la farsa electoral se mantendrá firme aún cuando durante el período comprendido entre el día de hoy y el 29 de noviembre, fuera restituido en su cargo el Presidente Manuel Zelaya, en vista de que 20 días o menos es un lapso muy corto para desmontar el fraude electoral que se fraguó para asegurar que uno de los representantes de la oligarquía golpista sea impuesto para darle continuidad a su proyecto antidemocrático y represor. Lo anterior no significa que hemos renunciado a nuestro reclamo fundamental de regresar a Honduras al orden institucional, que incluye el retorno del presidente Zelaya al cargo para el que fue elegido por el pueblo hondureño por cuatro años.

3. Hoy más que nunca se demuestra que el ejercicio de la democracia participativa a través de la instalación de la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente no sólo es un derecho innegociable sino la única vía para dotar de un sistema político democrático e incluyente a la población hondureña.

4. Denunciamos la actitud cómplice del gobierno de los Estados Unidos, que maniobró para dilatar la crisis y ahora muestra su verdadera intención de validar el régimen golpista y asegurar que el siguiente gobierno sea dócil a los intereses de las compañías transnacionales y su proyecto de control regional. Por ello, consideramos correcta la decisión del Presidente Manuel Zelaya de declarar fracasado el Acuerdo de Tegucigalpa que forma parte de la estrategia norteamericana de dilatar su restitución para validar el proceso electoral.

5. Hacemos un llamado a las organizaciones y candidaturas políticas que se postulan para el 29 de noviembre para que muestren una actitud consecuente con los compromisos asumidos anteriormente y se retiren públicamente de la farsa electoral.

6. Convocamos a la población organizada y no organizada a sumarse a las acciones de repudio de la farsa electoral y a promover las acciones de desobediencia civil que realizaremos amparamos en el artículo 3 de la Constitución de la República, que nos da derecho a la desobediencia y a la insurrección popular.

7. A los gobiernos y pueblos hermanos del mundo los llamamos a mantener la presión política para derrotar la dictadura militar impuesta por la oligarquía y el imperialismo, así como a desconocer las falsas elecciones del 29 de noviembre y a las autoridades espurias que pretendan presentarse como representantes electos por el pueblo.

Resistimos y venceremos

-Tegucigalpa, M.D.C. 9 de noviembre de 2009

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