By Radio Progreso on June 17, 2019
UUSC partner Radio Progreso/ERIC wrote a powerful piece about the corruption and turmoil that has overtaken the nation of Honduras. The following personal account is a heartfelt call for solutions that will help alleviate the effects of poverty, violence, and forced migration in the country. UUSC is actively working to end the United States’ complicity in human rights violations within Honduras. Click here to take action and make your voice heard on the issue.
We have been warning the public for some time that [the nation of Honduras] is going through a national emergency. An emergency that is expressed in the thousands of Hondurans who are hungry, sick, and poorly educated. Thousands of Hondurans have abandoned the fields, walking to the urban centers and tens of thousands are fleeing the country.
We are not talking about any emergency; we are talking about a human emergency, which is essentially caused by the political bureaucracy that has engulfed the country in the last decade, and by the application of neoliberalism in its extractive stage1. It is an emergency that has, at its root, concentrated wealth in the hands of a few. We are talking about an emergency that is provoked, essentially, by the greed of a few, who have imposed their business interests and decisions through the dark magic of corruption, violence, and hunger of the impoverished majorities.
The illegal reelection, the electoral fraud, the energy crisis, the crisis in health and education, laws that do not benefit the people, the approval of the new penal code, the mining concessions, the hydroelectric concessions, the excessive investment in the military and police, the investment in technology in order to monitor the population, the criminalization of protests and the caravans en route to the United States, are unequivocal features of the national emergency in which we live.
Remembering our Nuestra Palabra (Radio Progreso) show from yesterday, the four actors that really decide and rule are: the small oligarchic elite, the transnational corporations, drug trafficking cartels, and the government of the United States. These four actors have the top responsibility for the emergency, as they are the primary drivers and beneficiaries of the emergency.
This emergency is not resolved with solidarity bags2, nor with subsidies and green, blue, or red codes for public services3. Neither is it resolved with Israeli military intervention or with electoral processes driven by the same actors, because all those initiatives are only deepening the emergency.
Because this is a “homemade” emergency, the solution must also come from “home.” This emergency demands to be placed under the framework of a negotiated deal between all social actors, an agreement that includes a transitional government, a new electoral process with new rules and new motivations for the process. This agreement also implies new consensuses in fiscal matters and a review of all concessions and privatizations of public assets.
For better or worse, there is no other way: Either we follow the path of uncertainty and destruction or we leave our human misery aside, offering our hands and our hearts in order to recover the life, dignity, and joy of our people.
- This is referring to the extraction of natural resources as part of the neoliberal economic system/policies.
- Solidarity bags are bags of basic goods, like food, that are given out from time to time, sometimes from the government.
- The codes are “regalia” that the government offers to those who support or defend government decisions.
Photo Credit – Radio Progreso
Translation: Philip Hamilton & Leonardo Valenzuela Pérez
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