Jorge Tadeo Vargas, Researcher and Coordinator at the Laboratory of Research in Community Development and Sustainability (México), member of Jubilee South Americas, shares his reflections on the implications of the Coup d’État in Honduras in June 2009, in the context of the Mesoamerican region, as well as the role of social organizations.
Jorge Tadeo states that since the Coup d’État, the Mesoamerican scenario has worsened because the extractivist model has been strengthening itself, as a result of neoliberal policies practiced in Honduras that have gained depth in all other countries.
The hydroelectric, tourism and monoculture megaprojects, all imposed by a State violence that resulted in the criminalization of social movements, the murder of visible leaders, the forced displacement of entire communities, the privatization of nature and territories.
From the view of Jorge Tadeo, the model of imposition that has taken place in Honduras is an experiment from a capital that has been paving the way, not necessarily with such shameless actions as the ones that took place in that country, but with the same objectives. Over the last ten years, the violence in the Mesoamerican region has been increasing with more criminalization, more murder, while Territory and Nature privatization has been growing simultaneously. Honduras has been over the last ten years the perfect laboratory for the System to strengthen its tactics of privatization, along with increased indebtedness and commercial agreements.
In addition, he considers that without the participation of social organizations, the situation would be much more critical than it already is, because they are precisely the ones that resist the attacks of the System. The social organizations oppose to the imprisoned, persecuted and murdered ones. In the same way, it’s the organizations themselves that build the resistance from different fields, as they do direct actions when needed, community alternatives, and creation of necessary mechanisms to struggle against the system and its violence.
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