Cut Them Off! Tell the State Department to Take a Stronger Stand Against Coup Leaders
"The Obama administration has condemned the coup and cut off military aid, but that's not enough," women's rights leader Sara Elisa Rosales says. "The U.S. should recall its ambassador, freeze the assets of the coup leaders and deny them U.S. visas, and cut all financial aid. It should go even further by imposing a trade embargo. If the U.S. cut commercial ties with Honduras, the coup would fall in a day."
Every day since the coup, thousands upon thousands of Hondurans have taken the streets. They have been risking their lives confronting the military and powerful elite who have derailed their democracy.
How long will we coddle these thugs who have taken over the Presidential Palace at gunpoint? Will we allow Honduras to sink back to the dark days of the 1980s, when the military ran death squads that targeted young students, union leaders, campesino activists?
Contact the State Department below (your message will go directly to the Honduras Desk.) Tell them we need action--NOW. Stop the repression against social movements and the censorship of the media. Cut all ties with coup leaders. Help President Zelaya return home immediately. Make it clear that in the 21st century, the world will not tolerate coup d'etats!
*photo credit Medea Benjamin