Honduras: Monday, July 6, 2009

Posted by Global Brigades, office of the CEO at 1:30 p.m. MT, Mon., July 6, 2009

An update on Honduras: Our leadership team and staff have remained in Tegucigalpa and are closely monitoring the political and social climate.  We report that peace and order is experienced throughout the majority of Tegucigalpa and we have yet to see protests near our compound (outside of the city) or the communities we serve.  We hope that the protests yesterday were the climax of the conflict and normalcy will come soon.  We are disappointed with the current media sensationalism, specifically referencing the upheaval as a military coup when the decisions were made unanimously and democratically by congress and their supreme court (comprised of members of Zelaya’s own party).  We promise you a report from the ground that is as honest and to the point as possible, without any media hype.  For your reference, the sentiment of the overwhelming majority, 70% of Hondurans are in support of the new leadership.

Poor communities in Honduras are now, more than ever, in need of empowerment and our assistance. That said, the safety of our volunteers remains our number one priority.  We will be taking each brigade on a case-by-case basis on guidance of the U.S. Embassy.  We are proceeding as planned for August brigades but have all plans in motion should we need to postpone the trip or move it to Panama.  In the meantime, we encourage all to please stay the course and send positive energy for a peaceful and quick resolution.

Posted by WorldFocus.org, Sandra Cuffe,an independent Canadian journalist currently in Tegucigalpa, Wed., July 8, 2009 – Sandra Cuffe joined Worldfocus to discuss her first hand account of Mon., July 6, 2009

Earlier in the week, there was a violent clash at the airport in Tegucigalpa when a plane carrying Zelaya was turned away. Competing protests have rocked the capital city.

Photo by Sandra Cuffe

Photo by Sandra Cuffe

Photo by Sandra Cuffe

Photo by Sandra Cuffe

On Monday, the day after the standoff at the airport, she joined Worldfocus to discuss the mood at the riots, the impact on daily life in Honduras and the range of possible outcomes.


Sandra’s flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lavagabunda/