‘Resist coups in Latin America!’
By Heather Cottin
Jul 4, 2012 9:19 PM
photo: G. Dunkel
A New York City march on June 28 to celebrate the third year of resistance to the U.S.-sponsored coup in Honduras turned into a protest of the recent parliamentary coup in Paraguay as well. The International Action Center’s Committee in Solidarity with the Caribbean and Latin America, joined by activists from Honduras, Puerto Rico, Argentina and Ecuador, rallied near Times Square and then marched to the United Nations, stopping and chanting at the Honduran and Paraguayan consulates on the way.
María Fernanda Heyaca of Argentina told the crowd: “My earliest political memory was hearing of the fascist murder of 30,000 people in Argentina. The U.S.-supported junta participated in the destruction of a whole generation of youth. I remember the fear my mother had that the fascists would steal her babies. No more U.S. imperialist coups in Latin America!”
Wellington Echegaray added: “This is an important demonstration. What happened in Honduras has many parallels with the coup in Paraguay. The imperialists want to take advantage of the natural resources and the labor of the people of Latin America. We compare the actions of the imperialists in Honduras and Paraguay with other Latin American countries that stand up for their own sovereignty and the rights of their people. I am from Ecuador, where the U.S. was not successful in completing a coup in 2010 because the people were able to prevent it.”