Get Red Pepper's email newsletter. Enter your email address to receive our latest articles, updates and news.
What began yesterday with a popular surprise party, following the unexpected arrival of President Zelaya to national territory, has become a savage persecution extending throughout the city against the women and men of the resistance.
Mel Zelaya showed-up yesterday morning inside the Brazilian Embassy, the news was spread first by text messages and later was confirmed by Radio Globo. The government of Micheletti and his bloodthirsty military brass denied the news from the start. “This is an act of media terrorism by those who would confuse the people of Honduras”, said the apprentice dictator and his denial created an echo among those who continue to deny the undeniable. ‘Our intelligence and counter intelligence bodies are professional and they inform us that it is not possible for him to be here’, said Romeo Vasquez later.
But Mel did arrive and has put the de facto government in a very complicated position. It is a body double, said Micheletti with a knot in his throat minutes before declaring a state of siege which they have announced will last for at least the next 36 hours.
Mel arrived inviting dialogue, but once again the dictatorship responded with all the fury of those who only know how to argue with weapons. All four airports in the country have been closed and the military roadblocks impede people’s mobilisation. Micheletti attributed responsibility for all that happens in the country to Zelaya, as if Mel were the one who was still in control of the police and the army. The government has warned the OAS that Insulza is a persona non grata, and has threatened to bring down his plane if he enters Honduran airspace.
The vigil lasted the whole night; thousands of people came to the Palmira neighborhood and settled along the street to accompany the President. Curiously, in that moment the police and the military had withdrawn and seemed unconcerned about preventing the circulation of citizens, as prescribed by the curfew.
It wasn’t until 5 o’clock this morning that the eviction of protesters began. Hundreds of tear gas canisters were thrown into the crowd of protesters, who responded with stones. From where I am writing I could hear constant detonation of military weapons and at this time two deaths and 10 injuries from gunshots are reported. The army has surrounded the Brazilian Embassy and threatens to break in to execute the regime’s arrest warrant. If this is true, he will become the first president to be subject to two coups d’etat in the space of less than three months.
The residents of this part of the city opened their homes to provide refuge to protesters running from the attacks. In Barrio Morazán, an area a couple of kilometers from Palmira, various residents let protesters in, and showed their solidarity by attending to their injuries and giving them water. Not withstanding, the apartments are small and don’t have space enough for many people. The police threw teargas canisters into houses seriously affecting inhabitants. Several reports indicate that police violently entered a residence and threw tear gas into the interior rooms leaving in critical condition a six- day-old new born. Similar stories were repeated in the neighborhoods of San Francisco , El Reparto and el Hato de En medio, poor neighborhoods on the city’s periphery. In various parts of the city clashes with police have been reported. The difference is that on this occasion it’s not members of the resistance but rather average residents of these neighborhoods who won’t take any more of this repression, which is clearly directed at those who have the least.
The resistance is trying to regroup in the center of the city, but the roadblocks and constant forced dispersal will make it extremely difficult to converge again. But other forms of resistance will continue. In the Kennedy neighborhood of Tegucigalpa last night a group of some 40 people initiated a march, which in a matter of minutes became several thousand strong. Together they advanced to the local police post and obligated them to abandon the zone. With this the Kennedy neighborhood has converted itself into the first liberated neighborhood of Tegucigalpa.
Translation by Camille Collins Lovell
The Spanish state is seizing ballot papers and raiding meetings, write Ignasi Bernat and David Whyte – but it is being met with united resistance
The crunch executive meeting ahead of Labour conference agreed some welcome changes, writes Michael Calderbank, but there is still much further to go
Dipesh Pandya speaks to documentary film-maker Sanjay Kak, who for 30 years has been working outside the mainstream to tell a story rooted in the struggles of those excluded by India’s militarism and its narrative of neoliberal growth
Jeremy Gilbert on how radical Labour politics can be inspired by the utopianism of the counterculture
Disasters have unequal impacts – it's the poor and marginalised who suffer most. David Harvey writes on Hurricane Harvey
Survivors of the fire are still relying on thousands of community volunteers, writes Dan Renwick - but the failed council is plotting a comeback
What if it's not us who are sick, asks Rod Tweedy, but a system at odds with who we are as social beings?
The people could reach a democratic and non-violent solution if they were freed from US meddling, argues Boaventura de Sousa Santos
A decade after the start of the crash, economic power is in our hands – we must take it, writes Ann Pettifor
Acid Corbynism’s next steps: building a socialist dance culture
Matt Phull and Will Stronge share more thoughts about the postcapitalist potential of the Acid Corbynist project
Flooding the cradle of civilisation: A 12,000 year old town in Kurdistan battles for survival
It’s one of the oldest continually inhabited places on earth, but a new dam has put Hasankeyf under threat, write Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson
New model activism: Putting Labour in office and the people in power
Hilary Wainwright examines how the ‘new politics’ needs to be about both winning electoral power and building transformative power
What is ‘free movement plus’?
A new report proposes an approach that can push back against the tide of anti-immigrant sentiment. Luke Cooper explains
The World Transformed: Red Pepper’s pick of the festival
Red Pepper is proud to be part of organising The World Transformed, in Brighton from 23-26 September. Here are our highlights from the programme
Working class theatre: Save Our Steel takes the stage
A new play inspired by Port Talbot’s ‘Save Our Steel’ campaign asks questions about the working class leaders of today. Adam Johannes talks to co-director Rhiannon White about the project, the people and the politics behind it
The dawn of commons politics
As supporters of the new 'commons politics' win office in a variety of European cities, Stacco Troncoso and Ann Marie Utratel chart where this movement came from – and where it may be going
A very social economist
Hilary Wainwright says the ideas of Robin Murray, who died in June, offer a practical alternative to neoliberalism
Art the Arms Fair: making art not war
Amy Corcoran on organising artistic resistance to the weapons dealers’ London showcase
Beware the automated landlord
Tenants of the automated landlord are effectively paying two rents: one in money, the other in information for data harvesting, writes Desiree Fields
Black Journalism Fund – Open Editorial Meeting
3-5pm Saturday 23rd September at The World Transformed in Brighton
Immigration detention: How the government is breaking its own rules
Detention is being used to punish ex-prisoners all over again, writes Annahita Moradi
A better way to regenerate a community
Gilbert Jassey describes a pioneering project that is bringing migrants and local people together to repopulate a village in rural Spain
Fast food workers stand up for themselves and #McStrike – we’re loving it!
McDonald's workers are striking for the first time ever in Britain, reports Michael Calderbank
Two years of broken promises: how the UK has failed refugees
Stefan Schmid investigates the ways Syrian refugees have been treated since the media spotlight faded
West Papua’s silent genocide
The brutal occupation of West Papua is under-reported - but UK and US corporations are profiting from the violence, write Eliza Egret and Tom Anderson
Activate, the new ‘Tory Momentum’, is 100% astroturf
The Conservatives’ effort at a grassroots youth movement is embarrassingly inept, writes Samantha Stevens
Peer-to-peer production and the partner state
Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis argue that we need to move to a commons-centric society – with a state fit for the digital age
Imagining a future free of oppression
Writer, artist and organiser Ama Josephine Budge says holding on to our imagination of tomorrow helps create a different understanding today
The ‘alt-right’ is an unstable coalition – with one thing holding it together
Mike Isaacson argues that efforts to define the alt-right are in danger of missing its central component: eugenics
Fighting for Peace: the battles that inspired generations of anti-war campaigners
Now the threat of nuclear war looms nearer again, we share the experience of eighty-year-old activist Ernest Rodker, whose work is displayed at The Imperial War Museum. With Jane Shallice and Jenny Nelson he discussed a recent history of the anti-war movement.
Put public purpose at the heart of government
Victoria Chick stresses the need to restore the public good to economic decision-making
Don’t let the world’s biggest arms fair turn 20
Eliza Egret talks to activists involved in almost two decades of protest against London’s DSEI arms show
The new municipalism is part of a proud radical history
Molly Conisbee reflects on the history of citizens taking collective control of local services
With the rise of Corbyn, is there still a place for the Green Party?
Former Green principal speaker Derek Wall says the party may struggle in the battle for votes, but can still be important in the battle of ideas
Fearless Cities: the new urban movements
A wave of new municipalist movements has been experimenting with how to take – and transform – power in cities large and small. Bertie Russell and Oscar Reyes report on the growing success of radical urban politics around the world
A musical fightback against school arts cuts
Elliot Clay on why his new musical turns the spotlight on the damage austerity has done to arts education, through the story of one school band's battle
Neoliberalism: the break-up tour
Sarah Woods and Andrew Simms ask why, given the trail of destruction it has left, we are still dancing to the neoliberal tune
Cat Smith MP: ‘Jeremy Corbyn has authenticity. You can’t fake that’
Cat Smith, shadow minister for voter engagement and youth affairs and one of the original parliamentary backers of Corbyn’s leadership, speaks to Ashish Ghadiali
To stop the BBC interviewing climate deniers, we need to make climate change less boring
To stop cranks like Lord Lawson getting airtime, we need to provoke more interesting debates around climate change than whether it's real or not, writes Leo Barasi