From 8 o’clock this morning, today on Thursday 28 July in Tegucigalpa, thousands of demonstrators assembled in front of the Universidad Pedagógica (University of Education) and marched to the United Nations building to publicly denounce the conduct of the state.
Members of the Frente de Resistencia Popular (Popular Resistance Front) and its coordinator, ex-president Manuel Zelaya, who participated in the event, together with the families of the martyrs, demanded justice and reparation for the victims and prosecution of those responsible for human rights violations. They announced by loudspeaker that 210 people had been assassinated for political reasons since the coup d’état on 28 June 2009 in Honduras.
The demonstrators demanded freedom for all political prisoners and victims of political persecution, including the former minister of the President’s Office under the Zelaya government (2006-9), the lawyer Enrique Flores Lanza, currently under house arrest, accused of diverting 5.6 million dollars of funds to help pay for the advertising campaign for the national referendum (the so-called ‘fourth ballot box’) which Manuel Zelaya, the deposed ex-president, wanted to hold to establish whether the Honduran population was in favour of constitutional reform.
Outside the UN building, the coordinator of the Popular Resistance Front handed over a letter addressed to Ban Ki Moon, the Organisation’s Secretary General, asking him to intervene to put an end to the harassment and persecution suffered by leaders and members of civil society on a daily basis.
All the participants unanimously demanded respect for human rights and an end to impunity for the perpetrators of the Coup d’État. PROAH was present during the march and the demonstration outside the UN building.