Chicago, IL - Sponsored by the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC) a delegation of Honduran civil society members and immigrant leaders completed a successful advocacy tour of the United States with stops in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Chicago. The group demanded the re-establishment of democracy and constitutional order in Honduras and denounced the increasing repression of the Honduran people in the wake of the coup d'état that occurred on June 28th.
The delegation met with U.S. Congressional representatives and held dialogues with immigrant community groups, municipal authorities, academics and members of the solidarity movement. In addition to the support of several members of Congress, including Massachusetts Representative James McGovern, the Boston City Council unanimously signed a letter of support addressed to President Obama in favor of the restitution of constitutional order in Honduras with the reinstatement of President Manuel Zelaya.
"Not one of us in this delegation is from the party of Manuel Zelaya," stated delegation member Gerardo Torres, a Honduran journalist who is a member of the coordinating committee of the social organization Bloque Popular. "We are advocating for the reinstatement of the democratically-elected President of Honduras and respect for the democratic process as defined by the Honduran constitution."
At a presentation at the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University, Oscar Chacón, the Executive Director of NALACC, stated, "the political instability resulting from the coup will certainly lead to a greater number of Hondurans seeking personal security for themselves and their families outside of the country. The international community should anticipate this situation and provide the humanitarian assistance and protection that will be needed."
"This, the first coup d'etat in Latin America in the 21st Century, is a step backwards for democracy not only for Honduras but for other people in the region," declared Patricia Montes, Executive Director of Centro Presente, an active member of NALACC. "NALACC strongly condemns the coup as an action against the constitutional democracy of Honduras. We do not take one political side over another; rather we are concerned with better understanding the fundamental causes of the current situation."