Honduras, Canada’s free trade, and assassinating the opposition
This episode is an interview with Raul Burbano of Common Frontiers on the group’s role in researching and exposing Canada’s ongoing role in supporting the post-coup governments in Honduras, including the horrific situation faced by Indigenous people and others opposed to the government’s environmental, economic, and social policies.
Raul discusses the ongoing resistance of people in Honduras, including many Indigenous communities to the corrupt post-coup governments despite being violently repressed, including the March 2016 targeted assassinations of Berta Cáceras and Nelson Noé García Laínez from the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). More than 100 environmental, labour, and social justice activists have been similarly murdered since the coup.
We also discuss the 2013 free trade agreement between Canada and the Honduran government, and how the “soft coup” has become an increasingly used tactic of the neo-liberal capitalists, as is being witnessed this week in Brazil with the right-wing action to impeach the centre-left president and replace the cabinet with an all-white, all-male conglomeration of conservatives. Raul encourages those in Toronto to join the Sunday May 15th 1pm demo at the Consulate General of Brazil.