The Guatemala Chapter of the International League of the Peoples’ Struggle (ILPS) stands in solidarity with its Honduran sisters and brothers who have fled their motherland in search of a better life.
Since the coup d’état against the Constitutional President Manuel Zelaya in 2009, Honduras has experienced a political crisis that has allowed the military and business elite to increase their power.
Honduras is one of the most unequal countries in Central America, with 44.6% living in extreme poverty and 68.2% of population listed as poor. On top of this Honduras is one of the most violent countries in the region, registering 58 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. The majority of Hondurans find themselves before a state in the service of economic powers, where being a Human Rights’ activist is a death sentence.
The dictatorship of Mr. Juan Orlando Hernández, victor in fraudulent elections of November 2017, has provoked tension throughout the country due to persecution, murder, imprisonment and exile against those who seek dignity and social justice in Honduras.
The caravan that left Honduras on October 13 and on Wednesday, October 17 to seek political asylum is fleeing economic violence (attacks on decent work, health and education for all) carried out by gangs financed and coordinated by business and military groups in Honduras, which provokes fear in the communities in order to advance the Alliance for Prosperity Plan that broadly seeks to exploit the natural resources of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
Governments including Guatemala have tried to prevent the advance of our Central American sisters and brothers by mobilizing security forces that have intimidated the migrant marchers. They deported Bartolo Fuentes, one of the caravan leaders and a former parliamentarian with the Partido Libre (Free Party). A community journalist, he had covered the mobilization since its departure from Honduras. The Guatemalan migration police have thus carried out the orders of Donald Trump to destabilize the Honduran marchers in their struggle to reach the US.
There was also repression by Mexican authorities at the Guatemala-Mexican border where tear gas and pepper spray caused the death of a 7-month-old baby. Violence is the last resort of pro-imperialist governments to stop this impressive march of men and women who seek a dignified life.
As the caravan advances towards the US border, Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Mexicans are expected to join since these countries have also experienced the Yankee-instigated violence, looting and exploitation at the root of the misery in Latin America, misery that has been stepped up under the Government of Donald Trump.
For the peoples’ struggle!
We are all human, no one is a foreigner!
Long live the popular resistance!
Prof. Héctor Herrera
President, ILPS Guatemala Chapter